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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June 22 Recruiting Corner

June 22nd, 2018

The BGI recruiting staff reviews a busy weekend of official visits for Notre Dame and previews the upcoming list of weekend visitors 

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Irish Huddle - 2018 Tight End Preview

June 20th, 2018

Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell talk about the Notre Dame tight end position heading into the 2018 season. There is a lot of talent on the roster, but there remain a number of tough questions at the position.

If the group can emerge in 2018 it will have a significant impact on the offense. Much of the discussion revolves around the possible emergence of senior Alizé Mack and sophomore Cole Kmet, but the enitre depth chart is discussed.

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Recruiting Corner- Osita Ekwonu Commits To Notre Dame

June 14th, 2018

The BGI recruiting staff discusses the commitment of Rivals250 LB Osita Ekwonu and what it means for Notre Dame 

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Irish Huddle - Ranking Notre Dame Position By Position

June 13th, 2018

Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell provide their 1-9 rankings of the Notre Dame position group. Both Somogyi and Driskell provide their individual rankings and discuss why each group falls where it does. There are some positions the staff feel that Notre Dame could see dramatic improvement, and some where they feel the Irust absolutely must get improvement. 

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Irish Huddle - Previewing The 2018 Notre Dame Receivers

June 11th, 2018

Arguably no position on the Notre Dame roster has a wider range of outcomes in 2018 than does the wide receiver group. There is enough talent among the returners and freshmen for the group to shine, but the inability to produce this past season has raised questions about the group.

Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell discuss those potential outcomes, talk about the potential of each returner, go over the talent of the incoming freshmen and answer subscriber questions.

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Irish Huddle - Breaking Down Notre Dame’s 2018 Schedule

June 6th, 2018

Notre Dame plays a challenging 2018 schedule, but it's one the Irish should be able to manage for at least 10 wins if this team is going to be as good as the preseason prognosticators say it will. It won't, however, be easy.

Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell break down the schedule into three categories: Can't lose games, upset specials and marquee matchups. The BGI staff breaks down who they believe is in each category and why, and what will make a successful 2018 season.

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Irish Huddle - Previewing The Notre Dame Running Backs In 2018

June 4th, 2018

Notre Dame's running back depth chart is in flux heading into the 2018 season. Leading rusher Josh Adams is gone and there are major questions about who actually is going to be on the team in 2018, and who will be eligible. Even if everyone is healthy and back, just how good can this unit be? That remains a question.

Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell break down the position group player by player, they discuss the job position coach Autry Denson has done up to this point and talk about whether or not Notre Dame has the talent at the position to be a top rushing offense this season.

The show concludes with the BGI staff answering subscriber questions.

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Irish Huddle - 2018 Quarterback Depth Chart Breakdown

May 28th, 2018

We begin our summer breakdown of the Notre Dame roster by breaking down the position that will be under the most scrutiny this fall .... quarterback.

Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell discuss the four quarterbacks on the 2018 deph chart, taking a look at the 2017 season, expectations for the 2018 season and an overview of the competition at the position. The staff discusses the struggles and potential of starting quarterback Brandon Wimbush, the competance of backup Ian Book, the versatility of sophomore Avery Davis and why there is so much excitement about incoming freshman Phil Jurkovec.

Following the breakdown of the position the staff spends the rest of the show answering BGI subscriber questions about the quarterback position, including a discussion of position coach Tommy Rees.

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Irish Huddle Podcast - Top 25 College Football Coaches

May 22nd, 2018

The Athletic's Stewart Mandel recently released a Top 25 list of college football coaches, and the list did not contain Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly. Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi and football analyst Bryan Driskell break down the list and much more.

After going over Mandel's list, the Blue & Gold staff discusses the criteria for what makes a top coach and where Kelly should rank in a top coaches list. Somogyi and Driskell also go over their top coaches, discuss some coaches they believe are overrated and others they believe are underrated before finishing with a discussion of young coach's that could crack the list in the near future.

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