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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Irish Huddle - 2018 Wide Receiver/Tight End Spring Preview

February 26th, 2018

Notre Dame returns a lot of talent at wide receiver and tight end in 2018, but it's largely unproven, and with some an attitude adjustment is needed. If it happens the Irish offense could be dangerous. There is plenty of depth at both positions coming back as well. Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell preview both positions as the team heads into spring practice.

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Irish Huddle - 2018 Spring Running Back Preview

February 19th, 2018

Notre Dame faces a great deal of uncertainty at the running back position in 2018 after losing 1,400 yard rusher Josh Adams early to the NFL. Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell break down the current running back situation.

The staff discusses the potential that veterans Dexter Williams and Tony Jones Jr. bring to the backfield, but also the question marks that surround both players. The staff talks about the two freshmen joining the team in 2018 and finishes up with a discussion about potential position changes that could shake up the running back depth chart.

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Irish Huddle - Talking 2018 Recruiting With Notre Dame’s Defensive Staff

February 8th, 2018

Notre Dame put together an outstanding defensive haul for the 2018 recruiting class. The Irish loaded up on talented defensive backs and linebackers, and brought in a quality defensive line haul. 

Blue & Gold Illustrated football analyst Bryan Driskell sat down with the members of the defensive staff, defensive line coach Mike Elston, safeties coach Terry Joseph and defensive coordinator Clark Lea, to talk about the class, and also to get a bit of a sneak preview at next year's defense. 

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Irish Huddle - Talking 2018 Recruiting With Notre Dame’s Offensive Staff

February 7th, 2018

National Signing Day has arrived and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have signed one of the nation's top classes. Notre Dame's offensive staff brought in a strong haul that has top end talent, balance and depth. Blue & Gold Illustrated football analyst Bryan Driskell spoke with offensive coordinator Chip Long, quarterbacks coach Tommy Rees, running backs coach Autry Denson, wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander and offensive line coach Jeff Quinn about the class.

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Recruiting Corner - Signing Day Preview

February 6th, 2018

The BGI recruiting staff previews the Notre Dame storylines heading into National Signing Day.

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Irish Huddle - Talking Notre Dame O-Line Play With ESPN Analyst Cole Cubelic

February 5th, 2018

Notre Dame had one of the nation's best offensive lines in 2018, and the end result was the unit winning the Joe Moore Award, which goes to the nation's top group. ESPN Football Analyst Cole Cubelic is one of the top evaluators of offensive line play in the country, and the Irish line was a hot topic for him all season. He joined Blue & Gold Illustrated football analyst Bryan Driskell to talk about the Irish line.

Cubelic broke down what made left guard Quenton Nelson so dominant and where he stacks up compared to other linemen Cubelic has evaluated over the years. He gets into the success of left tackle Mike McGlinchey and the potential of the players that return to South Bend next season, including center Sam Mustipher and right guard Alex Bars.

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Irish Huddle - Talking Quarterbacks And Terry Joseph

January 30th, 2018

Notre Dame hired former Tennessee, Nebraska, Texas A&M and North Carolina defensive backs coach Terry Joseph to lead the Irish safeties. The final hire to the new ten man staff, Joseph brings a strong recruiting and coaching background to the Notre Dame staff. Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell discuss Joseph's background and why this was such an effective hire for Notre Dame, and what it means for the staff as a whole.

Following that discussion, Somogyi and Driskell begin the offseason breakdown of the different position groups as the team heads into winter conditioning and preps for spring practice. Up first is the position that will likely be the most watched, and has the biggest questions .... quarterback.

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Irish Huddle - Jeff Quinn And The Notre Dame Offensive Line

January 24th, 2018

In a surprising move, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly named offensive analyst Jeff Quinn as the team's next offensive line coach. Quinn worked under Kelly from 1989 to 2009 and was an analyst at Notre Dame the last three season's. Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell discuss the hire. The staff gives their opinions on the hire, discuss the optics of the hire and what has to happen for this hire to work out for Notre Dame.

The show ends with a discussion of what returns on the offensive line, and the pieces that are in place for Quinn next season.

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Irish Huddle - Talking Notre Dame’s New Safety Coach

January 22nd, 2018

Notre Dame is poised to hire a new safeties coach, and the Blue & Gold Illustrated staff breaks it all down. Senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell talk about the new coach and discuss what kind of talent he inherits. Notre Dame's safety play wasn't good enough in 2017, but Driskell believes the unit will be much better in 2018, and he explains why. 

The show finishes up with the staff breaking down the four candidates who interviewed for the vacant offensive line coach position.

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