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Gentleman’s Review of Notre Dame’s first football practice at fall camp

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have the first fall camp workout in the books. Let me say that again…COLLEGE FOOTBALL COME ALL OF YOU! It was obviously an exciting day and a day I was hoping (and planning) for a different outcome. Some personal matters kept me busy for most of the day, but at least Frank over at UHND was dealt a similar hand – never go alone.

So what happened?

Things have happened and I think the best way for me to sum up my thoughts is to do it in a gentlemanly manner.

INJURIES AND ROSTER NOTES

Offensive lineman Joey Tanona has medically retired. The Indiana freshman was involved in a car accident as an early enroller and the mental, physical and emotional damage is too great to continue as a student-athlete. He will remain a student at Notre Dame and likely be part of the program similar to Hunter Spears.

OUT OF PRACTICE:

  • RB Jadarian Price
  • TE Mitchell Evans
  • WR Joe Wilkins

LIMITED REPS:

  • LB Marist Liufau
  • CB Cam Hart
  • CB Philip Riley

FOR THE COMEBACK:

  • RB Logan Diggs
  • WR Avery Davis

OFFENSE

I think any mention of quarterback contest is a farce and should be stopped immediately. Tyler Buchner took over most of the first team representatives on Friday and I’m sure Drew Pyne will take the majority on Saturday. Buchner will be the starter and I refuse to do anything else.

Avery Davis, Jayden Thomas, Lorenzo Styles and Braden Lenzy were the top four wide receivers. Thomas has been developing strongly (at least in bowl practice) late last season and appears to be ahead of Deion Colzie. Newcomer Tobias Merriweather turned heads with his size and explosion. It will be interesting to see Merriweather ascend in a thin group throughout camp.

It’s official… Jarrett Patterson has moved to left guard. Zeke Correll is the starting center with Josh Lugg next to him on the right. Joe Alt is on the left and Blake Fisher on the right. Fisher had to leave practice due to overheating and Michael Carmody took over for him. Carmody arrived at camp weighing just 280 pounds.

Logan Diggs might actually be available in the season opener against Ohio State. The sophomore running back was out there doing his thing, but will likely see little contact for a while (he wore a red jersey). Audric Estime is a goddamn nightmare and I love it.

DEFENSE

Jordan Botelho is back as VYPER. There are Isaiah Foskey, Jayson Ademilola, Howard Cross and Rylie Mills on the first team with Justin Ademilola, Jacob Lacey, Chris Smith and NaNa Osafo-Mensah on the two. Obviously…expect lots of rotation and different mixes of situations.

Bo Bauer (MIKE), Jack Kiser (ROVER) and JD Bertrand (WILL) were the top lineup at linebacker while Marist Liufau rotated at WILL. Junior Tuihalamaka ran with the two at MIKE, as did Jaylen Sneed at ROVER.

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