When I was a kid the school year couldn't go fast
enough and seemed to take centuries to end...
Then summer break would come and I'd blink my eyes and
the next grade was open and ready for enrollment!
This is the dilemma of the football fan.
We want to see our team play...but hell the sunshine just
arrived and we've been looking forward to that all winter!
People e-mail me for updates?...well right now
we are in a holding pattern!
We'll talk recruiting later in this article but as
far as players?...nothing is happening!
So...Updates will come..but your gonna have to find
a balance to your excitement!
So...what's the balance?...Here is the balance!
It's called "Captain Led 7 on 7 practices"
In Charlie's last season I had the pleasure of being in town
in June and was able to sit in on a few of these "coach-less"
What these are all about is CHEMISTRY...the ability for a QB
to time a receiver...to know his patterns and how he breaks from
cuts, or the speed in which he hits his marks on a route.
It's where the seniors take the freshmen and teach them the
difference between just being BIGGER and STRONGER than
everyone, like they were used to in high school...to
here is the TECHNIQUE for going against players that are
BIGGER and STRONGER then you've ever seen before!
It's about DB's getting time to perfect their abilities against
elite talent...and skill.
It's where running backs show the QB that they can
do more than just run between the tackles and
It's a chance for the O-Line to come together through repetition
and understanding without the worry of being monitored!
Spring ball is about learning where to be and when...What's your
responsibility on each play and grasping your role!
7 on 7s?...that's where the UNDERGROUND magic happens!
In my opinion there is more team chemistry formed in these
practices than any other time of the year!
"Seniors...I'm not gonna just give you the team. You're not
ready yet...I'll give it to you, when you've earned it!"
This is the time where the leaders emerge...there are no "official"
captains yet...but the LEADERS lead
and CAPTAINS are born!
So during the summer while your "wishing away" the
days till that first kick off..the team is growing and
perfecting and training and lifting!
Becoming...what they hope to show the coaches
come fall...is possible!
I'll be posting updates on these critical practices
as I hear from people within the program.
So...what's happing now?
This class is already off and running and EXTREMELY
talented and exciting!
We have our RECRUITER now with Hood!
He's been ATTACKING recruits on Twitter and establishing
himself as the leader of this class!
My test of any recruit...who did we beat out to land him!
early and shut
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We are firing on all cylinders right now and winning
the battles taking talent from across the country!
My top 2 right now?...HOOD & HAYES!
Hayes is the type of player that ND needs to recruit
EVERY season!...he's fast, big and has no ceiling!
Having Issac,Vanderdoes and Hayes gives us the
ability to remain dominant on the D line for
seasons to come!
He understands his place within a scheme and doesn't
overplay to try and make an impact!
Remember the 2011 USC game...there was a D lineman
in that game that OVERPLAYED and cost us a ton
of points...because he didn't know his place within the scheme!
Jay has tons of personality and reminds me of
Big Louis Nix!
And knows how to keep the fans attention!
Where do I start with this kid?
He's a man among boys and has unreal speed for
a kid his size!
He refuses to go down and punishes anyone in the
open field that thinks they can arm tackle him
to the upper body!
His conditioning is second to none and he has the
ability to make an instant impact in the
ND is SO LOADED at Running Back that
teams will have no idea how to cope with
the amount of non stop fresh legs that
can come off the bench at anytime!
We've struggled to get "A" elite running back
in the past...now we have several!
Inside Info?...It's dead!
So pick your favorite...light up a stogie and enjoy the summer...
The IRISH train is rolling and I feel sorry for
whoever gets in our way!...
GO IRISH & GOD BLESS