Her Loyal Sons http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog A Notre Dame Football Blog Sat, 09 Jan 2016 08:56:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.6 Good Fridays w/Padre: Burned after Reading http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2016/01/08/good-fridays-wpadre-burned-after-reading/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2016/01/08/good-fridays-wpadre-burned-after-reading/#respond Fri, 08 Jan 2016 22:30:56 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=32667 Dear Playoff Selection Cabal Committee: I lodged a complaint with you last year when you began this sinister manipulation of the national treasure that is the venerable college football tradition. You fared somewhat well with your collusory scheme in your first attempt, though I suspect this had more to do with the sort of benighted […]

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Dear Playoff Selection Cabal Committee:

I lodged a complaint with you last year when you began this sinister manipulation of the national treasure that is the venerable college football tradition. You fared somewhat well with your collusory scheme in your first attempt, though I suspect this had more to do with the sort of benighted luck visited upon a broken analogue clock that succeeds in telling accurate time in two minutes out of the 24-hour day. With this year’s shambolic farce, though, you have befouled the proverbial cot, thus necessitating my sternly-worded letter.

HLS EFS CSC RitualsWhile I understand that you must kowtow to the economic engines that are the conferences and the Masonic bankers who control them, and I concede that the non-sequential, unmarked bills which the Big Ten (or whatever glyph they are known as lately) deposited in a shoebox and had delivered to your secret lair, paid substantial dividends when your controversial #4 selection won your tainted championship despite its one loss, this year’s obsequious and medically-inadvisable removal of your cumulative backbones in the face of Big XII whinging and Big Ten entitlement, has yielded a championship game that leaves as much doubt as your faceless overlords sought to eliminate when they initiated you into their dark arts. I shall elaborate.

The “old and decrepit” bowl system that functioned quite serviceably until the Bilderberg Group killed it to prove their subtle control of world events, was criticized – sometimes fairly – for rewarding conference champions that were, in fact, not up to the standards of a potential championship-determining game. In addition, the freedom of a bowl committee to select a team of its choice, rewarded big names over scrappy winners. It was argued that the totality of a team’s performance throughout the season should dictate its invitation to a bowl game. In light of this reasoning, you met some ten times, assiduously considering a myriad of factors, in order to deliver a playoff of…four big-name conference champions. I hope you didn’t run out of cocktail nuts during the fraught final meeting at your Texas resort and spa, while you fiercely debated that shocking outcome.

HLS EFS CSC MSU ALA

Oklahoma met Clemson – in the manner of a wayward steer meeting the Amtrack Transcontinental Steam Excursion. Michigan State was schedule to meet Alabama, but evidently failed to attend the game altogether (the Spartans must not have been able to break free of the wet paper bag that is East Lansing in early winter). Thus, two teams will face each other on Monday, without having been adequately weighed in the balance against worthy competition. But this is not the extent of your negligence.

Stanford was relegated to a non-playoff bowl game, in which the Iowa Hawkeyes were summarily diced and boiled like a fine shallot flavoring a béchamel. In this, the Pacific Rim champion dismembered the Big Ten team which was undefeated but for barely losing to a Michigan State team that brought its wiffle-ball squad to a football game and failed to score a single point.

Ohio State, the defending national champion, had a single loss to the East Lansing Flounders. It was a mere three-point deficit in an otherwise impressive season for a team that is sending many players to the National Football League, where they will receive paychecks from team owners, no longer Urban Meyer.

HLS EFS CSC BrentAnd then there is my beloved Notre Dame. Yes, we lost to Clemson, though we came the closest to defeating the undefeateds of any other team. There was also the matter of the massive tropical depression that lashed us throughout the game with rain and winds which would have sunk Noah’s beast cruise. This is often called a hurricane, though the South Carolina kind only mars football games; it does not commit criminal acts like the Miami kind. Notre dame also lost to Stanford, again by two points. This is the same Stanford team that utterly humiliated Iowa, and unleashed Musburger’s incubus a fleet-of-foot ubermensch, whom the Irish had previously made look like a CYO player.

But come the Fiesta Bowl, this was not the same Notre Dame team. Collectively, they were known as Team 127 – because 127 players suffered catastrophic injuries throughout the season, necessitating 127 other players to start for them. Despite losing their best defensive athlete in the early stages of the game, the Irish still gave the Buckeyes a run fun for their money (ironic, since Ohio State won thanks to the scoring drives of its most prolific runner, who is legally barred from driving in the State of Ohio).

HLS EFS CSC 127We ask whether Stanford and Ohio State should have been in the playoff. We imagine what even an injured Notre Dame could have done to the Iowa jello-molds or the Michigan State potted-geraniums. We wonder what could have been. We are left by the side of the road in the exact place which you, oh Playoff Committee, said we would never be forced to visit again.

We can hope that the Celmson-Alabama match which you have contrived will be worthy of watching. It would be enjoyable for Clemson to win a Championship again after being away for so many years. It is always good to give Crimson Tide fans something to do other than shaming and killing the local varmint population. But, committee, on the whole, you could have and should have done better. After all, that’s what the Illuminati are paying you for.

EFS CSC

Note: Padre’s book, Father Sorin Says: The Founder Comments on Today’s Notre Dame, is available from the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore and Amazon. It is a collection of Padre’s thoughts and reflections, and is suitable for celebrating or burning, depending on which school you attended or which team you support.

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Friday Roundup: The “End of the Road” Edition http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2016/01/08/friday-roundup-the-end-of-the-road-edition/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2016/01/08/friday-roundup-the-end-of-the-road-edition/#respond Fri, 08 Jan 2016 16:33:07 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=32665 Sadly, we are at that annual sad, dark time in which we begin to prepare ourselves for the end of another college football season. With just one more game left, NDEddieMac and I close out our picks, but not before saying farewell to the early Notre Dame departures, talking a bit of Fiesta Bowl, as […]

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Friday RoundupSadly, we are at that annual sad, dark time in which we begin to prepare ourselves for the end of another college football season. With just one more game left, NDEddieMac and I close out our picks, but not before saying farewell to the early Notre Dame departures, talking a bit of Fiesta Bowl, as well as the rest of the bowl season.

I also hold myself accountable to my keys for ND victory and grade out how the Irish did in each of the three phases (spoiler: not great, Bob).

I apologize in advance for how we ended the podcast, but there was simply no other way.

The Roundup

There’s really not much talked about this week from articles, just the games. However, here is an update on how Jaylon’s Smith surgery went. Interesting note for, well me and any other Cowboy’s fan, the doctor that did the surgery works for the Cowboys. Perhaps they are keeping a close eye on him for that #4 draft pick (PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE)?

The Booze

You can’t go all winter without having a solid stout. My personal suggestions are of the milk and chocolate variety.

Moment of Nix

In something that may be only really humorous to me, here’s the most detailed explanation that I’ve seen for why Alabama tries to claim so many titles. The best part? Alabama isn’t the biggest offender–Yale and Princeton are.

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HLS 2016 Guarantees http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2016/01/07/hls-2016-guarantees/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2016/01/07/hls-2016-guarantees/#comments Thu, 07 Jan 2016 14:00:31 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=32655 As the first week of 2016 comes to a close, I’m sure plenty of those lofty, ambitious New Year’s resolutions we set for ourselves have already found their way to the dumpster. A new year frequently brings renewed new hope and unabashed enthusiasm for the possible…if not likely. It’s still a great time for bold […]

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As the first week of 2016 comes to a close, I’m sure plenty of those lofty, ambitious New Year’s resolutions we set for Screen Shot 2015-11-07 at 2.25.54 PMourselves have already found their way to the dumpster. A new year frequently brings renewed new hope and unabashed enthusiasm for the possible…if not likely. It’s still a great time for bold takes on what to look forward to when the fall rolls around and football returns. I was curious to hear from the HLS Staff what they were most confident in happening in the 2016 season. Because it’s the HLS Staff, I wasn’t quite sure what I’d get – thoughtful, introspective musings? Unlikely. Hot takes? Almost assuredly. Snark. Well, that’d be my guarantee. Presented to you with limited commentary are the HLS Staff’s way too early Guarantees:

Remember September when some guy named Malik Zaire was getting us all hot and bothered by his potential? Man, that seems like a long time ago. Well, SupermanTDJesus didn’t forget and didn’t forget that he was coming back this Fall. Soooo…..his thoughts:

Malik starts at least 3 games. Could be the first three. Could be due to injury to Kizer. Could be all year. But he WILL start 3. Bonus: he wins those 3 starts.

Honestly, were I in Vegas I’d take the over of Malik on 3 starts.  I have a strong feeling if you’ve read any of andrewwinn’s posts this season documenting just how good DeShone Kizer’s been, including yesterday’s, that sometime this offseason we’re going to debate this quarterback thing some more.

Another recent hot topic, as it seems to be every off season when ND fans go all “The Bachelor” about their feelings towards Brian Kelly, some “SOURCES” really want to report maybe BK could maybe go somewhere else because “SOURCES.” My fellow Assistant Editor andrewwinn had this to say:

I am 100 percent confident that Brian Kelly will coach all regular season and postseason games for Notre Dame in 2016.

But what about the National Title Game that’ll technically occur in 2017? Way to leave a loop hole, fool!

Irish Elvis has retired from his days of authoring the HLS Recap, but certainly not in trolling the Internet. He offered up 2 guarantees:

I’m 100% certain that Kizer will start vs Texas.

ND will be a preseason playoff selection again

I mean, does it count to guarantee that the media will play their normal bi-polar game of both ripping ND and placing them up on a pedestal at the same time? Actually, that’s undoubtedly the safest guarantee that anyone made…

Have we mentioned quarterbacks yet? Tex may have retired from the EIC position, but he provides not a guarantee, but a pretty damn good piece of thinking for those all angry over being angry:

Having lots of QBs is good. I hope they all stay. I understand if they don’t.

I appreciated Elvis’ observation to piggyback on this point…HI TEXAS A&M!!!:

Soooo many teams have zero QBs and we have 3

I saw people already concerned with a Wimbush transfer or the difficulty in juggling two good quarterbacks, and man does that seem like a petty problem to be concerned with. It’s such a departure from just 2013 when ND was deciding between Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix (and it sadly wasn’t even much of a decision) that I just can’t fathom why people view having multiple good options at quarterback as an actual issue.

What’s my way too early guarantee?

ND finishes for a second straight season with an offensive efficiency on a yard per play basis in the Top 10 nationally. Add Folston back to go along with an expanded Josh Adams and a healthy Malik Zaire, and the offense doesn’t even notice the departures of Prosise and Fuller.

Feel free to leave your responses to our hot takes in the comments or leave your own guarantees below. But rest assured, you won’t beat Elvis’ parting shot:

Michigan will still be scoreless vs. Notre Dame #neverforget

Yup. Happy 2016 all!

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DeShone Kizer’s Year (In Five Charts) http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2016/01/06/deshone-kizers-year-in-five-charts/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2016/01/06/deshone-kizers-year-in-five-charts/#comments Wed, 06 Jan 2016 18:59:34 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=32642 Throughout the year, Her Loyal Sons has documented DeShone Kizer‘s surprising and outstanding season. We’ve compared the redshirt freshman’s hot start to the beginnings of the Irish careers of Everett Golson, Tommy Rees, Dayne Crist, Jimmy Clausen and Brady Quinn. Enjoy the following five charts. No matter how you slice it, Kizer has had a […]

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Throughout the year, Her Loyal Sons has documented DeShone Kizer‘s surprising and outstanding season. We’ve compared the redshirt freshman’s hot start to the beginnings of the Irish careers of Everett Golson, Tommy Rees, Dayne Crist, Jimmy Clausen and Brady Quinn.

Enjoy the following five charts. No matter how you slice it, Kizer has had a better beginning than anyone in the past 15 years.

(You may click on the first two graphs for a bigger size. If you’d like to see the numbers, game logs or several more categories, here is my worksheet.)

Total offenseTotal PassingTouchdownsQB Turnovers Completion %

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Leaving Early: Holding Players to a Higher Standard http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2016/01/05/leaving-early-holding-players-to-a-higher-standard/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2016/01/05/leaving-early-holding-players-to-a-higher-standard/#comments Tue, 05 Jan 2016 08:00:19 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=32634 This is one of those pieces you write after thinking too much about a topic. In the moments after Jaylon Smith’s knee injury, speculation turned, a little sickeningly, to whether or not his injury meant he would “come back.” Leading up to the Fiesta Bowl, Jaylon was a lock to go in the first round […]

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Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith (9) celebrates after recovering a fumble during the Notre Dame-Navy football game on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN

Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith (9) celebrates after recovering a fumble during the Notre Dame-Navy football game on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN

This is one of those pieces you write after thinking too much about a topic. In the moments after Jaylon Smith’s knee injury, speculation turned, a little sickeningly, to whether or not his injury meant he would “come back.” Leading up to the Fiesta Bowl, Jaylon was a lock to go in the first round of the NFL Draft. But, as a junior, to do so, he would have to “leave early.”

“Leaving early,” when applied to the student-athlete, means “to leave without a degree.” While plenty of Notre Dame players have left with a year, or two, of eligibility on the table, few Irish players have left before graduating. In fact, since 1990, when the NFL permitted the practice, eleven Irish (Tuitt, Niklas, Atkinson, Rudolph, Clausen, Tate, Walker, Taylor, Bettis, Carter, Ismail) have left for the league before they earned their degree. Some, like Jimmy Clausen, eventually got it. Some, like Bobby Taylor, have not.

When Coach Kelly “lost” Tuitt, Niklas, and GAIII, he came out firing on the next, 2014, recruiting class. “When we were having this opportunity to recruit a young man, they had to have a passion for wanting to get a degree from Notre Dame and winning a national championship,” he said. “If they want to come here just to hang their hat to play football and go to the NFL, we passed on some pretty good players because I don’t want guys to come here and not finish their degree. I want guys to come to Notre Dame, get their degree, help us win a national championship and be the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. That’s what I want, if that’s what they want.”

But does it have to be in four years?

Under the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, rookie salaries were made a lot simpler, and less expensive. Owners wanted that to save a buck, while the league’s veterans wanted more money available to pay them. So, in 2011, the rules changed. They provide, now, for a Rookie Compensation Pool that limits the total amount to be paid to all rookies. This means that the earlier the pick, the more money is available to a team to pay a rookie in the first year of his contract and over the life of the four year maximum term. The league also has a rule that forbids rookie contracts from increasing pay more than twenty-five percent (25%) from one year to the next. This places a premium on bonuses for early-rounders. Then, there is the option available to only first-round picks: an optional fifth year. “Lesser” players can only get “proven performance escalators” if they meet certain benchmarks.

The gap between first- and second-round compensation is significant-, and real-, enough that players purchase insurance against it. “Loss-of-value” insurance theoretically insurers a player whose draft-stock is reduced from the first-round to the second-round via injury. Whether, for example, Jaylon Smith would fall from a projected top-five pick all the way to the second-round seems unlikely, but the status of his injury is too unknown to make a guess, really.

Since the difference between one’s draft position can mean several millions of dollars, can we do anything but support the student-athlete who chooses to go? Consider that in 2011, 76 Notre Dame undergrads chose, for a variety of reasons, to graduate in January. For some, it was a question of an additional semester and twenty-five thousand dollars of student debt. For others, well, it was personal.

While I was unable to find any statistics on how many students take a leave of absence from Notre Dame, the University allows students to do so for up to two semesters for certain purposes. What do we make of these students who leave?

If he were my child, my son, I’d tell him to go. The fact of the matter is that the NFL provides a career opportunity completely outside the realm of non-athletic professions. It’s a close equivalent of a Supreme Court clerkship being offered to a 2L, but the money is just so incredible and the potential that it could last for a decade or more is real. Players like Jimmy Clausen, incidentally the last player to “leave early” and ultimately get his degree, show that the decision to leave early is not a degree-killer.

Players like Eric LeGrand and Devon Walker show that the decision to stay could be a real one.

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#CostumeGameDay Fiesta Bowl Wrap-Up http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2016/01/04/costumegameday-fiesta-bowl-wrap-up/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2016/01/04/costumegameday-fiesta-bowl-wrap-up/#respond Mon, 04 Jan 2016 19:00:56 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=32610 The New Year brought an opportunity that was 10 years in the making…University of Notre Dame versus the Ohio State University. Both teams played well but sadly…the ending did not go the way that I had hoped. Despite the challenges that Team 127 faced during the entire season, they did not give up and they continually […]

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The New Year brought an opportunity that was 10 years in the making…University of Notre Dame versus the Ohio State University. Both teams played well but sadly…the ending did not go the way that I had hoped. Despite the challenges that Team 127 faced during the entire season, they did not give up and they continually fought hard. So on that note, thank you Team 127 for an amazing and exciting season!

Between counting all the entries from the #CostumeGame Recap Tweets and from the game, I had a very busy afternoon…but like the Fiesta Bowl Game…there can only be one winner. I would like to congratulate @Irishfootball11 on winning the 2016 #CostumeGameDay Calendar!

Check back in on Saturday for the “Best of” where I showcase Irish fans wearing their #CostumeGameDay best. We are ND!

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CB KeiVarae Russell Leaving ND for NFL Draft http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2016/01/04/cb-keivarae-russell-leaving-nd-for-nfl-draft/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2016/01/04/cb-keivarae-russell-leaving-nd-for-nfl-draft/#respond Mon, 04 Jan 2016 17:26:36 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=32631 KeiVarae Russell told Sports Illustrated‘s Pete Thamel Monday that he will not wait for the NCAA to consider his option for a fifth year at Notre Dame and will instead seek to be drafted by an NFL team. Russell told Thamel: “I’m back on track as far as progressing as a player. I’m ready to […]

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KeiVarae Russell told Sports Illustrated‘s Pete Thamel Monday that he will not wait for the NCAA to consider his option for a fifth year at Notre Dame and will instead seek to be drafted by an NFL team.

Russell told Thamel:

“I’m back on track as far as progressing as a player. I’m ready to fulfill my dream and help out my family and do other things I wanted to do in my life.”

Senior cornerback KeiVarae Russell is helped off the field during Notre Dame’s 19-16 victory over Boston College on Saturday. Russell was diagnosed with a broken tibia and is out for six to eight weeks. (Photo by Caroline Genco / The Observer)

Senior cornerback KeiVarae Russell is helped off the field during Notre Dame’s 19-16 victory over Boston College. Russell was diagnosed with a broken tibia. (Photo by Caroline Genco / The Observer)

The senior cornerback, who missed the 2014 year because of academic dishonesty, still has a semester remaining to receive his management consulting degree. Russell told Thamel he would not have returned to Notre Dame if he had not planned on finishing his degree at the university.

Russell is still recovering from a fractured tibia that he suffered during the Boston College game on Nov. 21. The Everett, Wash. resident said he will be only taken part in the interview portion of the NFL Combine day in February.

“I will be healed in the next few days, but I want to be able to perform at my best with the same amount of training (others will have). … I want to get back to where I was and I feel like when I come back, I’m going to come back stronger.”

Expect to see Russell back on campus in March when Notre Dame holds its annual pro day for NFL scouts.

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Notre Dame vs Ohio State: Defense Review http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2016/01/04/notre-dame-vs-ohio-state-defense-review/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2016/01/04/notre-dame-vs-ohio-state-defense-review/#comments Mon, 04 Jan 2016 10:00:28 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=32579 Friday’s game wasn’t exactly how the Notre Dame faithful wanted to start 2016, but with a final record of 10-3, we should be tremendously proud of Team 127 and everything they’ve accomplished this year. Between injuries both new and old (Jaylon Smith, Te’von Coney, KeiVarae Russell, Devin Butler, Shaun Crawford, Drue Tranquill, Avery Sebastian, Sheldon […]

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Friday’s game wasn’t exactly how the Notre Dame faithful wanted to start 2016, but with a final record of 10-3, we should be tremendously proud of Team 127 and everything they’ve accomplished this year. Between injuries both new and old (Jaylon Smith, Te’von Coney, KeiVarae Russell, Devin Butler, Shaun Crawford, Drue Tranquill, Avery Sebastian, Sheldon Day, and Daniel Cage) and suspensions (Max Redfield: repeatedly missing curfew, Jerry Tillery); the Ohio State Buckeyes were just too much for the men left standing on the Fighting Irish squad to handle. How did the Notre Dame defense perform against the Ohio State Buckeyes? Lets have a look!

Ohio State wide receiver Michael Thomas (3) scores a 15 yard touchdown as Notre Dame cornerback Nick Watkins (21) defends. Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State wide receiver Michael Thomas (3) scores a 15 yard touchdown as Notre Dame cornerback Nick Watkins (21) defends. Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Notre Dame defense allowed Ohio State’s offense 27 first downs (in comparison, Ohio State’s defense allowed Notre Dame’s offense 24 first downs). The Fighting Irish defense struggled all day to stop Ohio State’s offense, allowing the Buckeyes 287 net yards rushing and 211 net yards passing. The Notre Dame defense allowed the Ohio State offense to convert on third down 10 of 18 times (0.556) and on fourth down 1 of 1 times (1.000). Two Notre Dame defenders (Trumbetti and Onwualu) were able to sack the Ohio State quarterback for a total loss of 11 yards (in comparison, three Ohio State defenders sacked Kizer a combined four times for a total loss of 25 yards). All things considered, time of possession in this game was fairly even, with Ohio State’s offense having the ball for 33:36 minutes and Notre Dame’s offense having the ball for 26:24 minutes.

Team Totals ND OhioSt
First Downs 24 27
Net Yards Rushing 117 287
Net Yards Passing 285 211
Total Offense Yards 402 498
Fumbles: Number-Lost 1 – 1 1 – 0
Penalties: Number-Yards 3 – 20 4 – 45
Punts – Yards 6 – 289 3 – 124
Possession Time 26:24 33:36
Third-Down Conversions 6 of 13 (0.462) 10 of 18 (0.556)
Fourth-Down Conversions 1 of 1 (1.000) 1 of 1 (1.000)
Sacks By: Number-Yards 2-11 4-25
Field Goals 0-0 (0) 3-3 (1.000)
Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) carries the ball as Notre Dame safety Elijah Shumate (22), cornerback Matthias Farley (41) and cornerback Cole Luke (36) defend. Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) carries the ball as Notre Dame safety Elijah Shumate (22), cornerback Matthias Farley (41) and cornerback Cole Luke (36) defend. Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

How did the team perform on an individual basis? Jaylon Smith finished his Butkus Award-winning season with 114 tackles. He was the first Irish player with consecutive 100-tackle seasons since fellow Notre Dame Butkus Award winner Manti Te’o (2010-12). Joe Schmidt also went out with a bang with 10 solo tackles, three assists and one interception. This was Joe Schmidt’s first interception of the season and the third of his career on Ohio State’s first drive of the third quarter. Elijah Shumate had nine solo tackles and four assists, Jarrett Grace had eight solo tackles and one assist, Matthias Farley had seven solo tackles and one assist, Cole Luke had six solo tackles, Isaac Rochell had three solo tackles and two assists, Romeo Okwara had three solo tackles and two assists, Sheldon Day had four solo tackles and two break ups, and Trumbetti had four solo tackles and one sack for a loss of six yards.

##  Notre Dame   Solo  Ast  Total  TFL/Yds  FF  FR-Yds  Int-Yds  BrUp  Blkd  Sack/Yds  QBH 
38  Schmidt, Joe   10  13  1.0/1   .   1-21  .  
22  SHUMATE, Elijah  13  .   .   .   .  
59  Grace, Jarrett   1.0/7   .   .   .  
41  FARLEY,Matthias  .   .   .   .  
36  Luke, Cole   .   .   .   .  
90  Rochell, Isaac   .   .   .   .  
45  Okwara, Romeo   .   .   .   .  
91  Day, Sheldon   1.0/1   .   .   .  
98  TRUMBETTI, A.   2.0/8   .   .   1.0/6  
21  Watkins, Nick   .   .   .   .  
17  Onwualu, James   1.0/5   .   .   1.0/5  
9   Smith, Jaylon   .   .   .   .  
29  Baratti, Nicky   .   .   .   .  
31  Turner, John   .   .   .   .  
4   Coney, Te’von   .   .   .   .  
75  Cage, Daniel   1.0/2   .   .   .  
85  Newsome, Tyler   .   .   .   .  
16  HUNTER JR,Torii  .   .   .   .  
44  Randolph, Doug   .   .   .   .  
7   Fuller, Will   .   .   .   .  
55  BONNER, J.   .   .   .   .  

Notre Dame Post Game Quotes

Q. Joe and Sheldon, could you talk about Ohio State’s rushing game, what made it so difficult to slow down.

Sheldon Day: I would say Ezekiel Elliott. He makes it challenging. He’s a physical back. He makes his presence known. He did some special things with his feet today. I would say that was the most difficult thing about it.

Joe Schmidt I would say schematically they do a great job of creating challenging situations with changing numbers and unique plays. You combine that with Ezekiel Elliott and J.T. Barrett’s ability to run the football, then their offensive line doing a great job all day.

So I would say their back is very talented. But they did a great job scheming, especially early on. They had some good plays.

Q. Coach, just how proud are you of the defense, so depleted, their effort, make a microcosm of the whole season? For the seniors, same question really.

Coach Kelly: Yeah, I’ll reiterate what I said to them in our mental edge meeting. I felt like, you know, this game would ultimately be decided on who was tougher and who was more physical. We didn’t get out-toughed. They ran the ball effectively. I’m not taking anything away from their ability to do so.

But we didn’t flinch. That’s the mark of this team this year, that they played hard and physical. Regardless of who was out there, they gave us everything they had. We were a little shorthanded, but they didn’t make any excuses for it. They battled. We were missing a rotation inside defensively at the tackle position, but they didn’t complain. They took extra reps.

That’s the mark of a group that just has bought in to do whatever is necessary to win.

Q. For the seniors, what has your time at Notre Dame meant to you?

Nick Martin: It’s been very special. Went above and beyond expectations coming in. These four years have been unbelievable.

This team, I couldn’t be more proud or honored to be part of this team. Selfless guys that really care about everyone else more than themselves.

Joe Schmidt Yeah, you know, I kind of echo that sentiment from Nick. There’s no guys I’d rather play this game with. It didn’t matter if it was practice, a game, doing the program in the off-season. I’ve never had more fun. This last five years has been just a remarkable experience. I wouldn’t trade it for absolutely anything in the world.

Sheldon Day: I would definitely say I would reiterate what everybody said. It’s been a special year for everybody. Just going through these four years with these guys, it’s been fun grinding with them. Most people can’t say that. We definitely enjoyed the process. Wouldn’t change it for the world.

No, it wasn’t the win we wanted.

No, we still can’t win a bowl game on a big stage. (Though we’re getting closer.)

Yes, the defense still has a long way to go.

No, our defense is not as good as Ohio State’s defense.

Yes, Jaylon Smith’s injury is an absolutely heart breaking way to begin 2016.

Even despite all of these hurdles we’re going to inevitably have to climb in 2016, I must say I’m extremely proud of Team 127 and all they’ve accomplished this year … “what though the odds.”

Okay, time to reload and reset. Who’s ready for Team 128?

Cheers & GO IRISH!

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WR Will Fuller To Enter NFL Draft http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2016/01/03/wr-will-fuller-to-enter-nfl-draft/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2016/01/03/wr-will-fuller-to-enter-nfl-draft/#respond Sun, 03 Jan 2016 21:51:46 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=32602 Will Fuller will forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the 2016 NFL draft, the junior announced on social media today. The wide receiver has been the Irish’s most potent weapon for the past two seasons, catching a total of 29 touchdowns since the season opener vs. Rice. That’s the most of any FBS […]

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver William Fuller (7) catches a pass for a touchdown in front of Stanford Cardinal cornerback Terrence Alexander (11) in the second quarter at Stanford Stadium. Matt Cashore/USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver William Fuller (7) catches a pass for a touchdown in front of Stanford Cardinal cornerback Terrence Alexander (11) in the second quarter at Stanford Stadium. Matt Cashore/USA TODAY Sports

Will Fuller will forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the 2016 NFL draft, the junior announced on social media today.

The wide receiver has been the Irish’s most potent weapon for the past two seasons, catching a total of 29 touchdowns since the season opener vs. Rice. That’s the most of any FBS receiver in that two year period.

Fuller had 62 catches for 1,258 yards and 14 touchdowns this year, and was named team Most Valuable Player in a vote of his teammates during last month’s banquet.

In total, Fuller had 144 catches for 2,512 yards during his Notre Dame career. In comparison, Jeff Samardzija had 179 catches for 2,593 yards in his four years at Notre Dame – which puts him at third on the all time yardage list.

Fuller had told beat writers in mid-November that he would return for his senior season, but requested a draft evaluation.

It was said by many that there was no quarterback that could overthrow Will Fuller. Even though it wasn’t technically true, Fuller caught many long bombs – including a 39 yard score to finish a comeback against Virginia in the team’s second game. He also outran notorious speedster Adoree’ Jackson in a win over USC.

Enjoy these highlights from the current season, put together by a random fellow on the Internet:

Despite the loss of Fuller, senior Chris Brown and 5th year senior Amir Carlisle, the Irish will still be loaded at wide receiver in 2016. I am a big fan of sophomore Corey Holmes, who had an outstanding spring game. Corey Robinson and Torii Hunter Jr. will be the senior leaders next year, with Miles Boykin and C.J. Sanders as sophomores (Boykin redshirted this year.) The Irish also have two verbal commitments from receivers Kevin Stepherson and Chase Claypool.

In last month’s evaluation, my fellow contributor Moons designated Fuller as “needs to stay“:

Simply put: Fuller’s hands need work in order for him to succeed at the next level. The skill most coveted at the NFL level for receivers is the ability to make catches in traffic, and that’s by far Fuller’s biggest weakness. Whether this is something he can change over the course of one more season might be a bigger question, but Fuller’s got the most to gain by coming back and showing greater consistency on the ordinary. Fuller’s already pointed towards a return next season, and that’s a good thing. His pocket book and NFL future might thank him for that deferred decision down the line.

Inside the Irish’s Keith Arnold says there is no consensus on Fuller, with some draft experts speculating that he could go late in the first round while others consider him a Day 2 (Rounds 2 and 3) pick.

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C.J. Prosise Leaving Notre Dame For NFL http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2016/01/02/c-j-prosise-leaving-notre-dame-for-nfl/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2016/01/02/c-j-prosise-leaving-notre-dame-for-nfl/#respond Sat, 02 Jan 2016 21:33:41 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=32580 C.J. Prosise, Notre Dame’s surprise breakout star at running back, will forgo his final season for a chance at the NFL. The senior announced the move on his Instagram page this afternoon: After a lot of thought and reflection I have decided to forego my remaining eligibility and declare for the NFL Draft. Thank you […]

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C.J. Prosise, Notre Dame’s surprise breakout star at running back, will forgo his final season for a chance at the NFL.

The senior announced the move on his Instagram page this afternoon:

After a lot of thought and reflection I have decided to forego my remaining eligibility and declare for the NFL Draft. Thank you to Notre Dame, the coaches, staff, faculty and fans. I couldn’t have asked for a better university to play for, it’s been an honor to have played with Team 127 and I’m glad to have had the opportunity. I look forward to what lies ahead. Thank you, Go Irish!!!

(Mike DiNovo/USA Today Sports)

(Mike DiNovo/USA Today Sports)

Prosise was recruited from Woodberry Forest High School in Virginia as a safety. He moved to wide receiver soon after joining the Irish, but primarily contributed on special teams in his sophomore and junior seasons. Irish coaches, likely anticipating the loss of Greg Bryant for the year due to academic issues, moved Prosise to running back during the spring.

Prosise was thrust into the featured back role when Tarean Folston tore his ACL in the Irish’s third play of the season. Prosise rushed for 1,032 yards and caught 26 passes for an additional 308 yards, while missing action in parts or all of four games (including Friday’s Fiesta Bowl).

While Bryant has moved on, the emergence of freshman Josh Adams and the return of Folston would probably have negatively impacted Prosise’s touches next year. With a running back class in 2017 that includes Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook and Nick Chubb, Prosise probably reasoned that this one productive season was enough to earn a spot on an NFL roster.

Prosise recently received a grade from the NFL Draft committee, but declined to disclose what it was.

In a recent podcast, Irish Illustrated’s Pete Sampson gave the best reasoning I’ve heard for Prosise to leave.

He’ll graduate. He’s a running back. And I can’t think of a fifth year running back that wasn’t suspended that came back. You just don’t see that.

Is he going to be a whole lot better next year? Probably not. He could be a little bit better. He is what he is. [If he stayed], he could maybe go from a fourth round pick to a third round pick. And are you better off starting to cash your checks now? Running backs have a short career.

Theo Riddick was a fifth round pick, played running back full time one year – played a lot more football than C.J. Prosise, of course. But C.J. Prosise is a lot more explosive athlete. Cierre Wood is still bouncing around the league. Jonas Gray is bouncing around the league. Darius Walker hung around a little bit. I think all those guys – if you’re athletic enough to do it, do it. And I think C.J. Prosise is athletic enough to do it.

My fellow contributor, Moons, offered his own take on whether Prosise should stay or go in a post two weeks ago.

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