18 Stripes NFL Round 1 Mock Draft

There are a couple super important things to remember when it comes to a college football writer covering the NFL Draft. First off, I've accurately assessed all of your favorite NFL teams weaknesses and needs. I spent a good 45 minutes looking over depth charts, salary caps, and off-season acquisitions. Secondly, due to my hard [...]

By | April 26th, 2018|Football|2 Comments

Lacrosse: Irish limp into ACC Championships

Notre Dame Fighting Irish lacrosse (6-5, 1-3) managed to still qualify for the ACC Championships despite a frustrating 9-10 loss to North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  Even with their win, the season ended for UNC.   Our behind schedule 18 Stripes recap: The Scoring Bryan Costabile had three goals for the Irish, and Ryder Garnsey [...]

By | April 25th, 2018|18S Reads, Lacrosse|0 Comments

2019 Recruiting: S Kyle Hamilton Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame continued the infusion of talent into the defensive backfield when safety Kyle Hamilton announced his commitment today. Scroll right past the rankings for this kid and watch his film, which is against serious competition in the Atlanta area. He can flat-out play, and coaching staffs around the country chased him accordingly. Hamilton is [...]

By | April 24th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|10 Comments

18S Films: 7 Highlighted Plays from the Spring Game

We haven't opened the doors to the 18 Stripes Film Room in a while and with actual football (we can call it this, right?) being played inside Notre Dame Stadium recently I thought it was a good time to take a look at 7 plays that caught my eye early on in the spring game. [...]

By | April 24th, 2018|Film Room|7 Comments

2019 Recruiting: OT Andrew Kristofic Commits to Notre Dame

You know how I know Jeff Quinn is butter? Because he's on a roll. Andrew Kristofic became the second lineman to join the Irish fold this month when he announced for Notre Dame today, fresh off an unofficial visit. With Kristofic and John Olmstead on board, and Quinn Carroll likely to join them within the [...]

By | April 23rd, 2018|Football, Recruiting|11 Comments

20 Takeaways from the Blue-Gold Game

On an overcast South Bend afternoon the Blue (offense) team defeated the Gold (defense) team 47-44 in another edition of the Notre Dame spring game. As per usual, they jammed in a whole slew of plays at a blistering pace (123 from scrimmage) even with running 12-minute quarters in the second half. Many plays, a [...]

By | April 22nd, 2018|Football|20 Comments

2019 Recruiting: DE Howard Cross Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame continued its strong recruiting weekend Sunday morning, picking up a commitment from 4-star defensive end Howard Cross. That name might sound familiar to you, and for good reason. This Howard is the son of long-time New York Giant and Super Bowl Champion, Howard Cross. So the Irish landed a 4-star defensive end with [...]

By | April 22nd, 2018|Recruiting|2 Comments

2019 Recruiting: S Litchfield Ajavon Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame's 2019 recruiting class picked up a talented defensive back when provisional All-Time All-Name Team member Litchfield Ajavon announced for the Irish today. The 6'0", 185-pound Virginian pushed the lever for the Irish after making his third visit to campus earlier this month; he attended Irish Invasion last June and also visited for the [...]

By | April 21st, 2018|Football, Recruiting|2 Comments

2019 Recruiting: OL John Olmstead Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame's 2019 recruiting class picked up its fourth commit (again) when New Jersey lineman John Olmstead announced for the Irish at his school today. The 6'6", 290-pound behemoth was in the "ND lean" bucket for quite some time; his affinity was solidified on an early April visit, after which he scheduled his announcement. Olmstead [...]

By | April 20th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|5 Comments

Lacrosse: Irish take on UNC in Chapel Hill this Saturday

Notre Dame Fighting Irish lacrosse (#13/#14/#15, 6-4, 1-2 ACC) travel to Chapel Hill to take on North Carolina (NR, 6-7, 1-2 ACC) this Saturday at noon, ESPNU. What's at stake The Irish have a whole lot to lose, but not much to gain.  A win doesn't likely change their seeding in the ACC Tournament next [...]

By | April 20th, 2018|18S Reads, Lacrosse|0 Comments

Spring Game Preview

The 89th annual Blue-Gold Game will be held inside Notre Dame this Saturday (12:30 PM ET NBC Sports Network) marking an official close to yet another spring football campaign. The Fighting Irish have had an unseasonably quiet spring coming off a 10-win season, solid recruiting finish, with most of the drama saved for off-season coaching [...]

By | April 20th, 2018|Football|6 Comments

Lacrosse: John Sexton speaks with 18 Stripes!

Notre Dame lacrosse's All-Universe long-stick midfielder, captain and senior, John Sexton, took some time to answer questions from the youngest member of our 18Stripes team, ND-Atl 2.0. Some background on John Sexton Before we get to the interview, here are a few facts about John: He's from Sudbury, Massachusetts, and went to Lincoln-Sudbury HS 2018 [...]

By | April 19th, 2018|18S Reads, Lacrosse|1 Comment

Notes on Needing Exceptional Quarterback Play

Recently our friend and former contributor Jamie Uyeyama wrote a piece for Irish Sports Daily on the Irish running game regression during the final quarter of the 2017 season. It's highly recommended reading for any Notre Dame fan. Jamie describes how it was a "mixture of technical precision, schematic deception, and high-level execution" that led [...]

By | April 17th, 2018|Football|55 Comments

2020 Recruiting: Elite QB Drew Pyne Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame's 2020 recruiting class started with a resounding bang when elite signal caller Drew Pyne pledged to the Irish today. Many probably missed this at the time, but Drew's tweet when Notre Dame offered last June left little doubt: Extremely happy and very excited to receive an offer from Notre Dame‼☘🇮🇪 pic.twitter.com/VL0vf9dq4u — Drew [...]

By | April 16th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|19 Comments

Spring Practice Report: The Final Viewing

The Fighting Irish will have 2 more practices this week and allowed the media to watch the final open workout of spring this past weekend. We've now seen the team for the last time before Saturday's upcoming Blue-Gold Game from Notre Dame Stadium which you can watch on NBC Sports from 12:30 to 2:30 PM [...]

By | April 14th, 2018|Football|18 Comments