01/04/19 - (CB) - *Julian Love, Jr, 5-11, 193 Notre Dame All-America cornerback Julian Love and tight end Alize Mack are forgoing their final seasons of eligibility and entering the NFL draft. Both players made their announcements Friday on Twitter. Love's decision was no foregone conclusion and will leave a big hole in the Fighting Irish secondary in 2019. The 5-foot-11, 193-pound Love told reporters after the Cotton Bowl loss last week to Clemson that he received a second-round grade from the NFL draft advisory board. The junior broke up 36 passes the past two seasons at Notre Dame, including a school-record 20 in 2017. Mack was a senior, though he missed the entire 2016 due to academics and had another season of eligibility. The former four-star recruit caught a career-high 36 passes for 360 yards and three touchdowns. - AP College Football
11/19/18 - (FS) - Alohi Gilman, rSo, 5-11, 202 NOV 19 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: ALOHI GILMAN, NOTRE DAME, Junior, Safety, Laie, HI/Kahuku,...Alohi Gilman recorded eight tackles (4 solo) and had two interceptions as third-ranked Notre Dame defeated Syracuse, 36-3. Gilman led a Fighting Irish defensive unit that stymied a Syracuse offense, averaging 44.4 points and 482.2 yards per game entering the contest, to just three points and 234 yards. Notes: Alohi Gilman is the ninth Notre Dame player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the third this season, joining defensive teammates Khalid Kareem (Sept. 2) and Jerry Tillery (Sept. 30). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation
11/18/18 - (QB) - Ian Book, rSo, 6-0, 203 The band was an Aaron Judge moon shot away from the field, way up in the right-field bleachers of Yankee Stadium. Still, the Fighting Irish lined up in the end zone/outfield and sang the alma mater - just as they would have at Notre Dame Stadium - after dispatching No. 12 Syracuse and putting themselves a step away from the College Football Playoff. Ian Book returned to the starting lineup for No. 3 Notre Dame and threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns as the Fighting Irish routed the Orange 36-3 on Saturday to stay unbeaten. The Irish will head West next week to face struggling rival Southern California, with a spot in the playoff in their grasp. "I don't know that if we win our last game that we're going to the playoffs, but that's not in our control," coach Brian Kelly said. "What we can control is how we prepare. If we do a good job there and win our game then we would have won all our games and we'll let people decide who should go to the playoffs." Notre Dame held out Book from last week's home game against Florida State with a rib injury. He wasn't missed as the Irish (11-0, No. 3 CFP) rolled with Brandon Wimbush at quarterback. - AP College Football
11/14/18 - (RB) - Dexter Williams, Sr, 5-11, 215 Senior Dexter Williams has been through countless ups and downs during his four years at Notre Dame. Injury, suspension, an arrest, the emotions of helping his ailing mother - all of it has weighed down Williams at times. He has emerged just the same as the workhorse running back for the third-ranked Fighting Irish, and a key reason Notre Dame has legitimate hopes of making the playoff. In a 42-13 rout of Florida State last week, Williams piled up a career-high 202 yards on just 20 carries, becoming the first running back to surpass 200 rushing yards against the Seminoles since 1982. Nicknamed "Juice" by his teammates, he had scoring runs of 58 and 32 yards.
"I told the offensive line to give me a crease, and I would make a couple of runs for them," said Williams, who already this season had touchdown runs of 97 and 31 yards against Virginia Tech and 45 yards against Stanford. With four 100-plus yard performances in six games, Williams' per-game rushing average stands at 128.3 yards, which would rank fifth in the country if he had enough games to be included among the NCAA leaders. His 6.8 yards per carry would be 13th. He leads the Irish with 770 yards and 10 touchdowns, exceeding expectations as Notre Dame (10-0) prepares for Saturday's game at Yankee Stadium in New York against No. 12 Syracuse (8-2). "His nickname is 'Juice' for a reason," said Irish senior wide receiver Miles Boykin. "His energy is contagious." - AP College Football
11/11/18 - (RB) - Dexter Williams, Sr, 5-11, 215 Just what third-ranked Notre Dame doesn't need going into its final two regular-season games: A quarterback controversy created by its coach. "We want a full-blow controversy, front-page news," Brian Kelly said with tongue firmly planted in cheek after watching senior backup Brandon Wimbush's three-touchdown performance in a 42-13 victory over Florida State on Senior Night in frosty Notre Dame Stadium. Wimbush, who led the Irish to their first three victories, got the start in place of injured junior Ian Book, who suffered a rib injury last week against Northwestern and is expected to be cleared to play next Saturday at Yankee Stadium when the Irish (10-0, No. 3 CFP) play No. 13 Syracuse.
Wimbush finished 12 of 25 for 130 yards with the scoring passes to fellow seniors - a 3-yarder to wide receiver Miles Boykin and 6- and 15-yard tosses to tight end Alize Mack. "It was really emotional," Wimbush said. "The six weeks were tough, but they were inspiring. The first half was one of the best I think the team has had. It felt natural. We got off to a great start." Fellow senior Dexter Williams ran for a career-high 202 yards and Notre Dame's defense came up with two first-quarter turnovers by the Seminoles (4-6). - AP College Football
11/08/18 - (QB) - Ian Book, rSo, 6-0, 203 QB Ian Book will not play in Saturday's game against Florida State because of a rib injury, multiple media outlets reported Thursday. According to IrishSportsDaily.com, Book suffered multiple injuries to his midsection in Saturday's game at Northwestern, and those injuries will prevent him from playing Saturday. He finished the game and has played a major role in Notre Dame's 9-0 record that has elevated the Irish to the No. 3 spot in this week's College Football Playoff rankings. Presumably Brandon Wimbush, who was Notre Dame's starting quarterback when the season began, will start against the Seminoles.
11/04/18 - (QB) - Ian Book, rSo, 6-0, 203 Ian Book threw for threw two touchdown passes and ran 23 yards for a score in the closing minutes to lead No. 3 Notre Dame to a 31-21 victory over Northwestern on Saturday night. The Fighting Irish (9-0, No. 4 CFP) remained in line for a playoff spot and continued to build on their best start since the 2012 team went undefeated before losing to Alabama in the BCS championship game. The Wildcats (5-4) had won four in a row to grab the Big Ten West lead and they stayed in this one when it looked like Notre Dame was ready to pull away. Book threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to a leaping Miles Boykin in the corner of the end zone and a 47-yarder to Michael Young in the third to give the Irish a 21-7 lead. He sealed it in the closing minutes when he turned up the left side for that 23-yard run. - AP College Football
10/14/18 - (WR) - Miles Boykin, rJr, 6-3, 228 Wide receiver Miles Boykin had a message for quarterback Ian Book after No. 5 Notre Dame remained unbeaten, coming from behind and then holding off Pittsburgh. "I told him winning is fun, but let's not win like this again," the 6-foot-4 Boykin said after he caught the game-winning, 35-yard touchdown pass from Book with 5:43 remaining in the fourth quarter Saturday to secure the 19-14 win. The Book-to-Boykin combination is beginning to etch itself in Notre Dame lore. They have had memorable moments before, including the 55-yard touchdown with 1:28 in the Citrus Bowl last Jan. 1 that provided the Irish with a 21-17 victory over LSU. Their latest TD combo helped to improve the Irish to 7-0 for the first time since 2012, the year they went to the BCS title game for coach Brian Kelly, who was feeling a little better after the Irish held off the upset bid by the Panthers (3-4). "Proud of our guys and their grit - they hung in there and found a way to win," Kelly said. "We were not sharp mentally, we didn't execute efficiently. They weren't at their best and Pittsburgh played well. We still found a way." Pitt led 14-12 thanks to a long first-quarter touchdown drive and a 99-yard kickoff return by Maurice French to start the second half. - AP College Football
10/01/18 - (DT) - Jerry Tillery, Sr, 6-6, 305 OCT 1 WALTER CAMP FOOTBALL NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: JERRY TILLERY, NOTRE DAME, Senior, Defensive Tackle, Shreveport, LA/Evangel Christian Academy...Jerry Tillery tied a school record with four quarterback sacks as 8th-ranked Notre Dame defeated 7th-ranked Stanford, 38-17. Tilley (6 tackles, 2 quarterback hurries, one forced fumble) led a Fighting Irish defense that held the Cardinal to just 31 offensive yards and three points in the second half. Notes: Jerry Tillery is the eighth Notre Dame player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the second this season (Khalid Kareem, DE, Sept. 2). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation
09/30/18 - (QB) - Ian Book, rSo, 6-0, 203 Ian Book and Miles Boykin, the heroes of Notre Dame's Citrus Bowl victory on New Year's Day, worked their magic once again and a stifling defensive line chipped in as the No. 8 Irish broke a three-game losing streak to No. 7 Stanford with a 38-17 victory Saturday night. Book threw for 278 yards and four touchdowns, including an 8-yard TD to Boykin, who had career highs in receptions (11) and yardage (144). "Our chemistry is coming along but he's such a good player and I love throwing to him," said Book, whose 55-yard touchdown pass to Boykin while replacing an ineffective Brandon Wimbush provided the Irish a 21-17 victory over LSU in Orlando last January.
Stanford coach David Shaw was impressed by Book, who hails from Northern California and was Notre Dame's starting quarterback for the second straight week after replacing Wimbush again. "(Notre Dame has) a quarterback right now that's outstanding," Shaw said. "He's athletic enough to get himself out of trouble. Quarterbacks like this, if you don't get them down on the ground, it's gonna hurt you." Boykin's touchdown reception gave the Irish a 31-17 lead over the Cardinal with 8:16 remaining. After Notre Dame's Te'von Coney intercepted Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello, Book threw a 35-yard scoring pass to Alize Mack 14 seconds later to seal the victory. - AP College Football
09/11/18 - (TE) - Cole Kmet, So, 6-5, 258 TE Cole Kmet is doubtful to play because of a high-ankle sprain suffered a week ago against Ball State, head coach Brian Kelly said. The 6-foot-5, 258-pound sophomore started in the season opener and has two catches for 17 yards this season.
09/11/18 - (SS) - Jalen Elliott, Jr, 6-0, 205 S Jalen Elliott will not go unnoticed on Vanderbilt's game plan after pulling down two interceptions against Ball State. That made him the first Fighting Irish safety to have multiple interceptions in a game since Harrison Smith in 2010.
09/11/18 - (TE) - Alize Mack, rJr, 6-4, 247 TE Alize Mack has started well and could receive more opportunities this week with TE Cole Kmet sidelined with a high-ankle sprain. Mack has three catches for 49 yards so far this season.
09/11/18 - (WR) - Miles Boykin, rJr, 6-3, 228 WR Miles Boykin has big-play ability. Can he keep it up against Vanderbilt? One week ago, the Fighting Irish wideout had three receptions of at least 20 yards. He finished with a career-high six catches for 119 yards.
09/08/18 - (SS) - Jalen Elliott, Jr, 6-0, 205 Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly fell on his sword after his eighth-ranked Fighting Irish struggled offensively against Ball State in what many assumed would be a tuneup game. "I obviously didn't do a good enough job getting them up to play at the level they need to play," Kelly said. "Ball State did a great job coming into this game and doing what it needed to do. Their preparation was great, their coaching was better." On the scoreboard, it was a 24-16 victory for Notre Dame. But it wasn't easy, and it wasn't pretty. The Irish (2-0), coming off an emotional 24-17 victory over Michigan, looked lackluster against the Mid-American Conference foe whose campus in Muncie is a 2½-hour drive away. The Cardinals (1-1) also played nothing like the 34½-point underdogs they were labeled in the schools' first meeting in football. Junior strong safety Jalen Elliott picked off Ball State quarterback Riley Neal twice - the first interceptions by a Notre Dame safety in the last 14 games - and the Irish turned them into a pair of rushing touchdowns of 31 and 1 yards by junior Tony Jones Jr. It gave the Irish a 21-6 lead in the third quarter, but Ball State wasn't done. - AP College Football
09/04/18 - (DE) - Khalid Kareem, Jr, 6-3, 265 SEPT 3 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: KHALID KAREEM, NOTRE DAME, Junior, Defensive End, Detroit, MI/Harrison...Khalid Kareem recorded nine tackles (7 solo), including 2.5 for losses, and two quarterback sacks as 12th-ranked Notre Dame defeated 14th-ranked Michigan, 24-17. Kareem added one quarterback hurry to lead a Fighting Irish defensive unit. Khalid Kareem is the seventh Notre Dame player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the fifth defensive honoree. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation
08/31/18 - (CB) - Shaun Crawford, rJr, 5-09, 181 Shaun Crawford is likely done for the season due to a knee injury, multiple media outlets reported Thursday.
Crawford tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Tuesday's practice, Irish Sports Daily reported, citing a source.
The Athletic contacted Crawford's father, who would not confirm the injury to his son. John Crawford told the website that the family is awaiting official word from the school.
If the reports are true, it will mark the latest blow in what has been a star-crossed career for Crawford with the Fighting Irish. He already has lost nearly two full seasons to injuries in his first two years at Notre Dame.
Expected to vie for the starting job at nickel cornerback, Crawford appeared in a career-high 11 games in 2017, totaling 32 tackles, two interceptions, 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.
08/30/18 - (CB) - Shaun Crawford, rJr, 5-09, 181 Shaun Crawford is likely done for the season due to a knee injury, multiple media outlets reported Thursday. Crawford tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Tuesday's practice, Irish Sports Daily reported, citing a source. If the reports are true, it will mark the latest blow in what has been a star-crossed career for Crawford with the Fighting Irish. Crawford already has lost nearly two full seasons to injuries in his first two years at Notre Dame.
08/29/18 - (QB) - Brandon Wimbush, rJr, 6-1, 222 QB Brandon Wimbush will start for No. 12 Notre Dame in its opener against No. 14 Michigan on Saturday night in South Bend, Ind., head coach Brian Kelly confirmed on Wednesday.
Even though Wimbush started all but one game as the Irish went 10-3 last season, there has been speculation that backup quarterback Ian Book might have overtaken Wimbush. "Brandon's our starter," Kelly said. "We're going to go into the game (thinking) that he needs to win the game for us." Wimbush passed for 1,870 yards and 16 touchdowns with six interceptions last season, but completed only 49.5 percent of his 275 throws.
08/24/18 - (QB) - Brandon Wimbush, rJr, 6-1, 222 QB Brandon Wimbush will be the starter when No. 12 Notre Dame opens the season against No. 14 Michigan on Sept. 1. Wimbush has done enough so far to hold off Ian Book, who came off the bench to help rally the Irish past LSU in last season's Citrus Bowl. Coach Brian Kelly isn't opposed to using both, as needed. "They're both different quarterbacks, and they both can help us win," Kelly was quoted as saying in the Indianapolis Star. "And if we feel like we need them both play at certain times, we'll do it. And if we don't, we won't."
06/19/18 - (ILB) - Tevon Coney, Sr, 6-0, 240 LB Te'von Coney was sentenced to a year of probation after pleading guilty to possession of marijuana, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday. Coney entered into a plea agreement on the charge stemming from an arrest with four teammates in August 2016 in Fulton Country, Ind. Coney registered a team-high 116 tackles, including 11.5 for loss, and 3.0 sacks in 2017.
05/25/18 - (WR) - Freddy Canteen, Sr, 6-0, 195 WR Freddy Canteen, who has received his diploma, announced on social media that he will transfer to another school before next season.
Canteen transferred from Michigan to Notre Dame after the 2016 season. "I will be transferring to another university to obtain a graduate degree that unfortunately Notre Dame does not offer," Canteen said in a statement on Twitter. "I will also utilize my remaining two years of eligibility to play football." Canteen played in three games for Notre Dame in 2017, making one reception for seven yards before sustaining a torn labrum that knocked him out of the rest of the season. While at Michigan, Canteen also was hampered by injuries in 2015 and 2016. As a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play right away this fall and has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
04/22/18 - (QB) - Brandon Wimbush, rJr, 6-1, 222 Brandon Wimbush, who lost his starting job as Notre Dame's quarterback last season, appears to have won it back after a strong performance in Saturday's spring game in South Bend, Ind. Wimbush entered his junior year as the starter in 2017 but eventually gave way to redshirt freshman Ian Book, who helped the Fighting Irish win the Citrus Bowl. The starting spot was wide open when Notre Dame started spring practice. However, Wimbush was named MVP of Saturday's spring game after completing 19 of 33 passes for 341 yards with two touchdowns in a 47-44 win over the defense.
03/06/18 - (WR) - *Equanimeous St. Brown, Jr, 6-5, 214 2018 NFL Combine Winners: Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame...Although the 2018 NFL Draft class lacks a Julio Jones or A.J. Green type of wideout, St. Brown is prospect with the potential to be a true No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL -- and his testing numbers support that thought. At 6-5 and 214 pounds, he ran a 4.48 40-yard dash and put up 20 reps on the bench press. Although he doesn't play as strong as he benched and needs to polish his routes, St. Brown has an intriguing ceiling once NFL coaches get their hands on him. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/28/18 - (OG) - *Quenton Nelson, rJr, 6-5, 325 2018 NFL Combine Quotes: On Quinton Nelson, Can guard be the best player in draft class? "I'm always open to good players at whatever position they come. Guards are getting paid a lot in free agency. We found that out with Zeitler. Whether they change your fortunes or not as a team is the debatable point. The question was more specifically on Quinton Nelson. Quinton is as fine a college football player as I've seen in a long time. As complete as I've seen. I'm not sure Quinton can't play any of the five spots up front. We'll see where he ultimately lines up as a rookie and second-year player. It's a philosophical question, do guards matter? Every position matters on the field. He certainly has earned his way to the top of this draft for sure." - Cincinnati Bengals Director of Player Personnel Duke Tobin