Irish Huddle - 2018 Defensive Back Preview

July 16th, 2018

The Notre Dame secondary returns a deep and talented group of cornerbacks, but questions remain at safety. How well those questions get answered in the fall will determine the overall effectiveness of not only the secondary, but the defense. Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell discuss both position groups. Potential break out players, the emergence of younger players and the incoming freshmen are just some of the many topics discussed before the BGI staff answer subscriber questions.

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Coaching Debate - Which Notre Dame Assistant Has The Most Pressure

July 11th, 2018

Notre Dame has high expectations this season, and if it wants to reach those goals a number of coaches will have to perform well and their units will have to perform well. Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell discuss which Notre Dame assistant has the most outside scrutiny this season.

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Irish Huddle - 2018 Linebacker/Rover Preview

July 9th, 2018

Notre Dame returns a pair of experienced and productive inside linebackers in 2018, which has raised expectations of the group. Depth, however, remains a question mark heading into fall camp. Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell break down the position, beginning with the standout veterans inside and finishing with the depth concerns.

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Recruiting Corner - Talking TJ Sheffield’s Commitment And 2019 Recruiting Overview

July 6th, 2018

Notre Dame picked up another commitment when 2019 WR T.J. Sheffield pledged to the Irish. Blue & Gold Illustrated recruiting reporter Corey Bodden and football analyst Bryan Driskell discuss what the commitment of Sheffield means for the Irish class. 

Following that discussion the staff discusses where things stand with the 2019 class. Notre Dame is close to being done, and the staff goes position by position with the latest on recruiting for the class.

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Recruiting Corner - WR Cam Hart Commits To Notre Dame

July 5th, 2018

The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame picked up a top wide receiver target on July 4th when Olney (Md.) Good Counsel standout Cam Hart pledged to the program. A two-way standout for Good Counsel, Hart provides the Irish staff with the speed and size it covets at the position.

Blue & Gold Illustrated football analyst Bryan Driskell discusses what Hart adds to the class, where the Irish might go from here and why numbers at the position will likely be small in 2019.

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QB Brendon Clark Commits To Notre Dame

July 4th, 2018

Notre Dame has finally found its quarterback in the 2019 recruiting class. Midlothian (Va.) Manchester quarterback Brendon Clark picked the Irish over Clemson, Tennessee and North Carolina. Blue & Gold Illustrated recruiting reporter David McKinney and football analyst Bryan Driskell discuss Clark's recruitment and what landing him means for the 2019 class. Driskell also breaks down what makes Clark so effective, and why programs like Notre Dame and Clemson went after him.

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Irish Huddle - Notre Dame Defensive Line Preview

July 2nd, 2018

Notre Dame's defensive line showed progress last season, but it was a young group. Now a year older, expectations are much higher for the line. Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell break down the returners, discuss expectations for the talented and deep group, and discuss what this unit is capable of this season.

The show ends with the staff answering questions about the line from BGI subscribers.

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Recruiting Corner - Tight End Michael Mayer Commits To Notre Dame

July 2nd, 2018

Talented 2020 tight end Michael Mayer of Alexandria (Ky.) Covington Catholic committed to Notre Dame on Sunday, July 2. The four-star Rivals250 tight end picked the Irish over offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State and many others.

Blue & Gold Illustrated recruiting reporter Corey Bodden and football analyst Bryan Driskell discuss Mayer's recruitment, talk about the talent he brings to the 2020 class and what is next for Irish recruiting.

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Irish Huddle - Biggest Game In 2018

June 27th, 2018

Notre Dame plays a tough schedule in 2018, and to varying degrees all the games are important. But what game is the biggest, the one that could have the biggest impact on the 2018 season. There are several major games to choose from, but Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell both believe one stands above the rest ... and it's not the same game.

The BGI staff debates which game is the biggest this season in the latest edition of the Irish Huddle.

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Irish Huddle - 2018 Notre Dame Offensive Line Preview

June 25th, 2018

Notre Dame had the nation's best offensive line in 2017, but it enters the 2018 season having to replace a pair of All-Americans. The success of the unit in 2018 will have a major impact on the overall success of the offense. Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell break down the unit, talking about veterans taking over a leadership role, young players ready for a breakout and the depth at the position. The show concludes with the BGI staff answering subscriber questions.

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