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Notre Dame receivers can boost Wimbush

Notre Dame receivers can boost Wimbush

One fundamental way Notre Dame can help Brandon Wimbush develop into a productive first-year starting quarterback is by providing him talented receivers.Well, that box appears to have been checked. The Irish return their Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 7 wide receiversClick here for the rest of...

Notre Dame makeover starts with Matt Balis

Notre Dame makeover starts with Matt Balis

Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly on Dec. 20 named Mike Elko his new defensive coordinator. A week later, Brian Polian was appointed special teams coordinator. Chip Long came aboard on Jan. 9 as the offensive coordinator.But a hire on Jan. 19 was another major move that...

Notre Dame leans left with Mike McGlinchey

Notre Dame leans left with Mike McGlinchey

One way a coach helps a rookie quarterback get his feet on the ground is careful play-calling. Establish a running game. Call low-risk passes and dump off the ball to an elusive running back.In other words, don’t ask him to do too much until he gains confidence. That’s one Notre...

Tommy Rees has longer title with shorter name

Tommy Rees has longer title with shorter name

t’s easier to yell at a college quarterback named Tommy than a 24-year-old quarterback coach who goes by Tom. That distinction should allow the new Notre Dame quarterback coach to help his pupils grow.Tommy Rees was the Notre Dame QB from 2010 to 2013. He endured tongue-lashings...

Notre Dame mixing pro style with read option

Notre Dame mixing pro style with read option

Notre Dame wants to reunite with success this season, and a marriage of identities could achieve that goal.The read-option offense is responsible for college quarterbacks producing prodigious numbers. It’s also blamed for the lack of NFL-ready quarterbacks who can read defenses...

Notre Dame adjusting to revamped staff

Notre Dame adjusting to revamped staff

Brian Kelly opened spring football drills last month at Notre Dame, stating that change was needed. He revamped his staff and altered his role, but most of all he’s thankful the changes forced by a 4-8 record didn’t include him.Kelly suffered his first losing season in seven...