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Notre Dame finishes season vs USC

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By: Jay Wegman
South Bend, IN

 

The Irish had another heartbreaker last week against Virginia Tech. It followed the storyline of most games this season. Notre Dame has a lead. The game came down to the wire.  Finally, they lose in dramatic fashion. The team played well against a talented team in VA Tech. This group may just be too young to know how to win just yet. The inexperience of this fighting Irish team has shown time and time again late in games.

 

Notre Dame now travels to play USC. This is a tough matchup. USC struggled early but has been playing well recently. They knocked off top 5 ranked Washington.  USC has an explosive offense that can hurt teams on the ground and through the air. Their defense proved it can play by holding Washington’s QB Jake Browning in check. On the other hand, the Irish don’t have a lot to play for. A bowl bid isn’t likely even with a win. Deshone Kizer may be playing in his last game in a Notre Dame uniform. The future first round pick is likely to go after this season.
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This game is more just another experience builder for this young team. A win would be a big confidence booster going into next season. Overall, this game doesn’t look promising. Notre Dame’s defense will struggle against the high powered offense of USC. This season needs to be thrown away from the minds of Irish fans and looked at as way to develop the young but talented team for next year. GO IRISH!
Jay Wegman is a freshman at Notre Dame University. He writes on the Irish at MartyandMiller.com.
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Notre Dame heads to San Antonio to face Army

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By: Jay Wegman
South Bend, IN
Notre Dame suffered another agonizing loss this past weekend.  The team traveled to Jacksonville to face off against Navy.  The Midshipmen’s triple option offense proved too much for the young inexperienced Irish defense.  The Irish ended up losing 27-28.  The theme of close losses continues unfortunately and Notre Dame sits at a disappointing 3-6.
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This week the team will play another military team in Army.  They’re 5-4 and looking to become bowl eligible.  Army is a lot like Navy in how their offense is run.  The run game is strong due to the option.  It may be an advantage that Notre Dame just played arguably the best triple option team in the country, but the defense didn’t look great against it.  They gave up 320 yards with a 5.7 yards per carry.  Those are scary stats for a team facing another option offense.  On a positive note, Deshone Kizer looked stellar.  He had 3 touchdowns and ran a very efficient offense.  This game will be close (per usual).  My prediction is that Notre Dame having just seen the option offense will be slightly more disciplined and Kizer will carry this team to victory.  Go Irish!
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Jay Wegman is a freshman at Notre Dame University. He writes on the Irish at MartyandMiller.com.
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Waterlogged Notre Dame Football

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By: Jay Wegman
South Bend, IN

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team is under water — both literally and figuratively. The Irish stand at 2-4 after losing a waterlogged game on Saturday to North Carolina State, 10-3. The game was played despite conditions that bordered on unplayable. In fact, the game did not produce even one offensive touchdown. The scoring was limited to a field goal by each team and a blocked punt touchdown by the Wolfpack.

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The Irish continue to hurt themselves with costly mistakes. Beyond the continued poor play on special teams, the Irish ended a last last minute drive deep in NC State territory when the center snapped the ball early to an unprepared DeShone Kizer. The defense has struggled all season but on Saturday the offense was also ineffective. The Irish were 1 for 15 on 3rd down. The passing game was a dismal 9 completions in 26 attempts.

 

The Irish return home this week but things do not get much easier. They take on their long rival the Stanford Cardinals, 3-2, Saturday night at Notre Dame stadium. If the Irish hope for any chance to qualify for a bowl game, they will need a win on Saturday night. As of Wednesday, Stanford standout Christian McCaffrey was listed as questionable due to an injury against Washington State. Details of any specific injury was not divulged instead generically describing McCaffrey as “pretty beaten up”.

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This weekend is a huge opportunity for the Irish to turn around what to date has been a disappointing season.

 

Go Irish!

 

Jay Wegman is a freshman at Notre Dame University. He writes on the Irish at MartyandMiller.com.

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Notre Dame Football blog

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By: Jay Wegman

 

The Irish have stopped the bleeding.  After back to back disappointing losses to Michigan State and more embarrassingly Duke, Notre Dame found a way to win.  Finally going on the road after three straight home games to Irish traveled to play Syracuse.  This game was a shootout.  The first 10 minutes were action packed with scoring from both sides.  This continued throughout most of the first half.  It seemed like both sides could score at will.  This showed continuing themes of the Fighting Irish’s season.  A lot of offense and not a lot of defense.  A surprising thing about this game was the fact that Syracuse was without three of its starting offensive lineman.  You would think the Irish defense would dial up some blitzes and test this new unit.  However, the Irish still struggled to get pressure consistently throughout the first half. The defense did play much better the second half.  Even though they probably couldn’t have played any worse.  They didn’t give up any points for a span of about 22 minutes and allowed their offense to increase their lead from 6 to 23.

 

This lead was big enough for fans to rest easy for once.  Until the Irish can learn to trust their young and inexperienced secondary they will continue to struggle to get pressure.  This results in opposing quarterbacks to have all kinds of time to pick apart the defense resulting in these high scoring shootout type of games.  Hopefully, this team continues to get better and the offense can start to put games away instead of scoring just to keep them in it.

This week the Irish will travel to play North Carolina State.  The starting time has been announced and kickoff will be at noon.  Notre Dame has some good news and some bad news in this upcoming game.  The good news is running back Tarean Folston will return after turning his ankle in Thursday’s practice prior to the Syracuse game.  Coach Brian Kelly confirmed he will still be an intregral part of the offense and the running game.  The bad news is another blow to the defense.  Cornerback Nick Watkin’s would have likely gotten plenty of time at cornerback after dealing with a shoulder injury throughout the beginning of the season.  An X-ray last Friday was going to show if the bone growth was complete and if he would be healthy enough to start playing again.  However, the results showed his bone growth is not complete and will require additional surgery.  This will sideline him for the rest of the season most likely.  This takes away a possible starter from a position that is thin and struggling.  This week’s NC State game will probably have a similar storyline to every game this season.  A lot of offense and a struggling defense.  Notre Dame will put up points but then struggle to get pressure and the young secondary will give up big plays.  Tackling will be an issue as it has been for the entire year.  Hopefully, the defense can stand tall and allow the offense to get a sizable lead.  This team can still turn it around and make a good bowl.  GO IRISH!
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Notre Dame readies for Michigan State

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By: Jay Wegman
South Bend, IN
The Irish have another tough test this Saturday.  Notre Dame will host 8th ranked Michigan State.  Notre Dame is coming off a solid performance against Nevada.  Quarterback Deshone Kizer has cemented himself as the starter.  Michigan State had a bye week so they will be well rested and well prepared for the Irish.  Michigan State had an underwhelming victory in week one where the offense under new quarterback, Tyler O’Connor, looked inconsistent.
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Notre Dame’s offense looks to continue its success.  However, the defense will look to continue improvement from the week one loss to Texas.  This will not come easy since CB Shaun Crawford will be out for the year with a torn achilles.  Another brutal loss to the Irish defense that has already lost some key contributors in the secondary.  Reminders of the injury filled last season are starting to creep up.  If Notre Dame can find the right recipe for success on the defensive side of the football, this team has a chance to be special.  I predict a game where Notre Dame’s offense performs well against a stout Big 10 Spartan defense, and MSU’s offense, though shaky at times, puts together some good drives to put up some points against what has been a disappointing defense thus far.  It will be a great night game at home.  Irish should look to pick up their first signature win of the season.  GO IRISH!
You can listen to the Notre Dame/Michigan State game on 1490 The Jock with the pregame show starting at 6:00 pm.
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Jay Wegman is a freshman at Notre Dame University. He writes on the Irish at MartyandMiller.com.
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Notre Dame/Texas Reaction

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South Bend, IN

Obviously this was a disappointing week for the Irish.  They fell to the unranked Longhorns 50-47 in double overtime.  A lot of things contributed to this loss.  Notre Dame’s defense was a primary reason.  This was a unit that gave up 50 points to a freshman quarterback.  Now Texas also ran a unique system that used a running quarterback in the red zone and in other situations.  The defense gave up a total of over 500 yards.  Buchele, the freshman quarterback, gained 280 yards on just 16 completions.  These are big plays the Irish couldn’t afford.  The run defense struggled to contain a strong running back and running quarterback combo.

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Besides the struggling defense there were lapses in all aspects of the game.  A blocked field goal ended up being a deciding factor in the game.  Even though the Irish stole 2 points in a blocked PAT, that extra point from a field goal would’ve determined the game.  On offense there isn’t much to critique.  Deshone Kizer racked up 6 touchdowns.  It would be a major surprise if he isn’t the clear cut starter for next week’s game.  However, those series that Zaire was in may have been missed scoring opportunities for Kizer and could’ve been a difference in the game.
There were a lot of ifs in this game, but in the end the score remains a 50-47 loss.  Not quite the start to the 2016 season Irish fans were hoping for.  Chances for a spot in the Playoff just became a lot slimmer.  Irish will definitely look to bounce back this week in their first home game.
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Jay Wegman is a freshman at Notre Dame University. He writes on the Irish at MartyandMiller.com.
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Notre Dame/Texas Preview

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South Bend, IN

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The Irish have an interesting matchup to kickoff the 2016 season.  They’ll travel to face the Texas Longhorns.  Notre Dame enters the game ranked number 10 in the poll and Texas is unranked even though many believe they could sneak into the top 25 before the season is over.

Notre Dame’s quarterback situation is one of the game’s top headlines.  It sounds like both Malik Zaire and Deshone Kizer will play.  Zaire was the starter to begin the 2015 season but injury led to Kizer stepping in and playing fairly well.  The ground game will be a big factor in this game.  Notre Dame boasts a deep crew of running backs.  Tarean Folston and Josh Adams look to lead the Irish backfield.  However, both Zaire and Kizer can make big plays with their feet.

Defense is somewhat of a question mark.  Notre Dame had an injury filled defense last year and this year lost a few key contributors to off field issues.  So, there are some concerns on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.  Texas is a program on the rise under head coach Charlie Strong and has a lot of talent.

This years game will for sure be a lot closer than last year’s 38-3 victory over the Longhorns.  However, the Irish are still an elite program that boasts an abundance of talent on both sides and should come away with a victory in week one.

You can catch the Notre Dame football all season long on 1490 The Jock. The pregame show starts at 6:00 with kickoff between the Fighting Irish and Texas at 6:30 pm on Sunday, September 4th.

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Jay Wegman is a freshman at Notre Dame University. He writes on the Irish at MartyandMiller.com.

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Notre Dame Football Coverage on 1490 The Jock & MartyandMiller.com

Notre Dame football is back in Central Iowa on 1490 The Jock. The season kicks off on Sunday, September 4th as the Irish make a trip to Texas to take on the Longhorns. 1490 The Jock will have the play by play action all season long.
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In addition to play by play coverage, we are happy to welcome on Jay Wegman to the Marty & Miller team. Jay will be blogging on the Irish football team as they navigate through the 2016 football season. He is a freshman at the University of Notre Dame and will be majoring in pre-professional sciences. Wegman is a graduate of Dowling Catholic High School where he participated in basketball, golf and rugby.
Keep an eye on MartyandMiller.com for full coverage of the 2016 Notre Dame Fighting Irish and welcome aboard to Jay Wegman.
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Big Ten Media Days – What We Learned About the Hawkeyes

Big Ten media days wrapped up on Tuesday from Chicago. Kirk Ferentz spoke to the assembled media along with quarterback CJ Beathard, cornerback Desmond King and linebacker Josey Jewell. Breaking news doesn’t always come up big from media days. Alas, we have found plenty of nuggets to take away as the Hawkeyes get ready for August camp.

Ferentz contract extension

Kirk Ferentz’s current contract runs through the 2020 season. It is standard practice that coaches have 4 years remaining on their contract for recruiting purposes and the ability to sell recruits that you will be the head coach at the institution for the duration of their time on campus. Iowa athletic director was in Chicago as well and talked about an extension and the possibility of a “retirement contract.”

You can read this a number of ways. Iowa could just add to the current contract that he has a continual 1 year roll over extension that keeps 4-5 years always on the contract. Ferentz has worked hard to increase the pay of his assistant coaches and it is a near certainty that will be a part of the contract negotiations. Neal Cornrich, the agent to Ferentz, has done a great job of making great deals. Expect plenty of back and forth before we hear of an extension before the first game of the season.

CJ Beathard’s Health

A season ago, CJ Beathard put up incredible numbers when you consider the pain that he was playing through. Off season sports hernia surgery lead to many questions about how ready Beathard would be for his senior season along with the various aliments that limited him last year. “I’m excited to see what I can do. I know I can do things with my feet…more scrambling and getting out of the pocket that I wasn’t able to do last season,” Beathard said.

Last season Beathard threw for 2809 yards, hitting 61.6% of his passes along with 17 touchdowns against 5 interceptions while rushing for 237 yards and 6 touchdowns. You saw his mobility before the injuries cropped up, including a couple of big scrambles against Iowa State. A healthy CJ Beathard increases the options for the Hawkeyes offensively.

Josey Jewell makes the trip

Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell became the first non-senior to make their way to Chicago for media days in the Kirk Ferentz era. Jewell was named a team captain a season ago and listening to people inside the program talk about him, you can see what kind of leader that he is. Kirk Ferentz called it a no-brainer for the staff to extend the invitation to him to go to Chicago.

The question remains if this will be the final year in Iowa City for the Decorah native. Last season Jewell had 126 tackles including 7.5 for a loss, 4 interceptions and 2.5 sacks. His NFL prospects might not be a sure fire 1st rounder, as middle linebacker isn’t a spot that is a big need position at the next level. One thing we do know, it looks like his slip and slide days are over. The coaches weren’t too pleased seeing this:

Handling Expectations

Iowa has had big expectations throughout the Ferentz era from the fan base and a couple of times the national media agreed. Iowa was preseason #11 in 2005 after 3 consecutive top 8 finishes nationally and returned Drew Tate, Chad Greenway, Abdul Hodge and a host of others. The team lost early to Iowa State 23-3 and finished the year 7-5. In 2010, Iowa brought back senior quarterback Ricky Stanzi and a huge number of starters on both sides of the ball after winning the Orange Bowl. The Hawkeyes proceded to go from preseason #9 to unranked and 8-5, with a disastrous loss to Minnesota to conclude the year.

The Hawkeyes will be in the preseason top 25 this year, but this doesn’t appear to be a team to rest of the laurels of a 12-0 regular season. Kirk Ferentz has preached that they were 12-2, not 12-0. The losses to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship game and the Rose Bowl to Stanford still linger. Iowa said all the right things going into 2005 and 2010 as well. Finding ways to win the tight games will always be at the forefront for Iowa. The margin of error is so thin for this program. Can you catch the breaks that Iowa got a season ago two years in a row? It’s a big question for Iowa.