With football season now less than 100 days away, its time to begin previewing the 2016 season. Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell begin the preseason discussion by previewing the quarterback position. The strengths of both DeShone Kizer and Malik Zaire are discussed, as is what both players must do to improve their game and seize hold of the position. An important question is how quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford can keep ultra-talented sophomore Brandon Wimbush happy and engaged while on the bench. The staff discusses that topic and offers insight on what the Irish might do.
May 30th, 2016
May 25th, 2016
Which running back - senior Tarean Folston or sophomore Josh Adams - holds the key to Notre Dame's rushing success in 2016? Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell debate that topic in this edition of the Irish Debate.
May 23rd, 2016
Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell discuss Notre Dame's latest quarterback commitment before getting into a conversation regarding whether or not Notre Dame has what it takes to be a title contender in 2016. Somogyi gives his five keys to Notre Dame's title teams from the past, and talks about whether or not Notre Dame has that kind of team in 2016.
May 18th, 2016
If Notre Dame wants to get into the playoffs and make another run at a title, its defense must step up and play championship defense. That must happen without All-Americans Jaylon Smith and Sheldon Day, who are now in the NFL. Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell debate which defensive player holds the key to that turnaround, and why.
May 16th, 2016
Blue & Gold Illustrated recruiting editor Andrew Ivins and football analyst Bryan Driskell give an update on where things stand with Notre Dame recruiting. Ivins was at the The Opening Regionals in Chicago and Columbus, Ohio, where a number of Notre Dame commits and prospects shine. The pair discusses several recent offers, the most important recruit in the class and where things stand at defensive tackle and linebacker recruiting before moving on to listener questions.
May 11th, 2016
Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell debate Notre Dame's offensive line play, and which unit will be better. Somogyi takes the stance that the 2015 line is best, while Driskell argues that the 2016 unit will end up being better despite the loss of 1st Round NFL pick Ronnie Stanley and 2nd Round NFL pick Nick Martin.
May 9th, 2016
Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell discuss the importance of being disruptive defensively, and what Notre Dame can or should do in order to become that type of defense. Of course, getting after the quarterback is one of the most important keys to being disruptive, as the four playoff teams from 2015 showed. The staff answers listener questions at the end.
May 2nd, 2016
Blue & Gold Illustrated football analyst Bryan Driskell and assistant editor Andrew Owens review the 2016 NFL Draft, and where Notre Dame's players ended up. The staff reviews the fit of all seven picks before previewing the 2017 draft prospects.