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|10 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|11 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: 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

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

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

Heisman Odds: Take a Running Back?

We're in a bit of a boom of running backs in college football as 5 out of the 10 Heisman finalists last year came from that position. Only 2 out of those 5 return to the college game in 2018 but they are among the heavy favorites to take home the hardware this fall while [...]

By | April 11th, 2018|Football|11 Comments

Spring Practice Report: Appraise Without Hayes

We are finally entering the home stretch for spring football as the Fighting Irish finished their second-to-last full media viewing practice on Saturday. The team will take the practice field 5 more times overall with another full viewing this upcoming Saturday before the Blue-Gold Game on April 21st. Yes, this means spring practice has been [...]

By | April 9th, 2018|Football|13 Comments

The Hottest Take: 5 Reasons Lou Holtz Was Bad for Notre Dame

Lou Holtz occupies a strange place in Notre Dame lore. I was recently thinking about him after debating Muffet McGraw's place in the pantheon of Fighting Irish coaches while Holtz wasn't even mentioned mostly due to the fact that he didn't meet the qualifying 2 championship criteria. We're now reaching the age where Holtz' tenure [...]

By | April 6th, 2018|Football|24 Comments

Uniform Concept: A Green Helmet Appears

Coming off our previous black-heavy St. Patrick's Day concept we return to the more comfortable green roots for the 37th Notre Dame concept by 18 Stripes. Today's effort was attempting two things. One, to put together the first green helmet in our portfolio. Two, mix green with gold and yellow. At first glance, this combination [...]

By | April 4th, 2018|Football|11 Comments

The Worst Irish Defensive Performances, 2010-17

This two-part series began with a look at some of the best defensive performances which hopefully brought back some good memories. Now, it's time for the pain. The Defensive Coordinators: Bob Diaco: 37-15 (.711) Brian VanGorder: 19-11 (.633) Greg Hudson (interim): 3-5 (.375) Mike Elko: 10-3 (.769) Worst Performance Against an Elite Offense Bronze Medal: [...]

By | March 28th, 2018|Football|14 Comments