Irish Huddle - Talking Quarterbacks And Spring Ball

April 16th, 2018

To win in the modern era of football a team needs an impact quarterback. At times Notre Dame had that in 2017, and at times their quarterback play left a lot to be desired. Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell talk about the importance of quarterback play, the positives of Brandon Wimbush at the position, the areas where he faltered in 2017, and his growth this spring.

Following a lengthy discussion on the quarterback position, the staff discusses the offensive line, the secondary, the wide receivers and raise questions about the immediate future of the running back position.

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Irish Huddle - Jay Hayes Transfer, Spring Practice Report

April 9th, 2018

Notre Dame suffered a loss last week when senior end Jay Hayes decided to transfer for his final season. The Irish have have players to fill the void, but the margin for error is thinner. Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell discuss what the loss of Hayes means for the Irish defense. They also discuss the potential replacements, juniors Khalid Kareem and Ade Ogundeji. The staff finished the podcast breaking down the April 7th spring practice and give the latest on the Irish as they get close to the conclusion of the spring session.

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Give And Go - Forecasting The 2018-2019 Notre Dame Hoops Team

April 3rd, 2018

Notre Dame suffered through a disappointing 2017-18 season, as injuries cost the Irish a chance at a return trip to the NCAA Tournament. Heading into next season, Notre Dame must now move forward with star forward Bonzi Colson and All-ACC point guard Matt Farrell. There is talent returning, but there are still more questions than answer at this point. Blue & Gold Illustrated reporter Corey Bodden and analyst Bryan Driskell discuss what was lost, what returns and who must step up next season. The staff also discusses Notre Dame's standout incoming freshman class and what UConn transfer Juwan Durham could bring to the program.

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Irish Huddle - 2018 Secondary Preview

April 2nd, 2018

Notre Dame returns a deep and talented group of defensive backs, but there are a lot of questions remaining. How well those questions are answered will help determine how successful the entire defense can be. Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell break down the cornerback and safety positions and discuss what has to happen for the unit to excel.

But before there was any football talk, the BGI staff talked about the women's basketball team, which is fresh off a dramatic Final Four that ended with the Fighting Irish cutting down the nets as national champions.

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Irish Huddle - 2018 Spring Linebacker Preview

March 26th, 2018

Notre Dame returns two highly productive starters at linebacker in 2018, but both will be manning new positions. It remains to be seen how they will adjust, and major question marks exist behind the starters from a depth and experience standpoint. Notre Dame will also have to find a new Rover this season, but the good news is the list of candidates is long and athletic.

Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell break down the linebacker and Rover positions for the spring. They discuss how Drue Tranquill and Te'von Coney have to adapt their games to new positions, discuss the depth that must emerge behind them and how Notre Dame might use the Rover position in 2018.

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Irish Huddle - March 24 Spring Practice Report

March 24th, 2018

Notre Dame concluded its fifth practice practice of the 2018 spring, and Blue & Gold Illustrated was on hand for every rep. Senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell break down the practice, with an emphasis on the improvements seen from quarterback Brandon Wimbush and the Irish wide receivers.

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Recruiting Corner - 2018 Spring Defensive Line

March 19th, 2018

Notre Dame saw a big leap in production from its defensive line in 2017, and it returns all but one rotation player returns in 2018. The Irish have a chance to be much improved up front, and it starts during the spring. Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell break down the unit by discussing who returns and what is expected of them in 2018.

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Irish Huddle - 2018 Offensive Line Spring Preview

March 12th, 2018

Notre Dame lost arguably the best line in the country and a pair of All-Americans from the left side of the line. Despite those losses, the Irish return a lot of talent to the offensive line.

Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell break down the line as the team gets ready to head into week two of spring practice. The staff discusses the main questions surrounding the line this spring and then finishes with a breakdown of all nine returning scholarship linemen.

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Irish Huddle - Spring Practice Report

March 6th, 2018

Notre Dame kicked off the 2018 spring practice session on Tuesday, March 6, and Blue & Gold Illustrated was there to view the first thirty minutes. Senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell give you their impressions on both sides of the ball from Notre Dame's first spring work out.

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Irish Huddle - 2018 Spring Preview

March 5th, 2018

Notre Dame kicks off spring practice on Tuesday, March 6. Prior to the first practice, head coach Brian Kelly addressed the media and discussed a number of important topics that included position changes, offseason improvements and of course, the quarterbacks.

Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell discuss Coach Kelly's comments and provide analysis on other key issues as the Irish head into spring practice.

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