Chicago Colleges: Steve Filer

What to watch: Week 12 vs. Boston College

November, 17, 2011
Here's what to keep an eye on Saturday when the Irish host the Eagles:
  • Manti Te'o: The junior linebacker says he is healthy. The projected first-round pick might just be playing his final game at Notre Dame Stadium. And he has certainly heard all the talk about Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly. All of this should add up to another strong Te'o performance, much like his most recent game in South Bend, Oct. 29 against Navy.
  • Another strong performance from Robby Toma: Theo Riddick is not expected to start, leaving Toma, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound junior, to fill his shoes at wide receiver. He was more than capable last week, just as he was last season. If we've learned anything about Toma, it's that he knows how to make the most of his limited opportunities.
  • Steve Filer and Mike Ragone: These two seniors won't be on the field for their class' final home game, but the two will be honored for their Notre Dame careers. Each has suffered a season-ending ACL injury, and Filer even put off surgery until after this game to enjoy his final walk through the tunnel. It will be nice to see this duo get proper recognition.

Kelly keeping consistent measure of progress

November, 13, 2011
Brian Kelly's fourth different head-coaching job has been a challenge, as each new job has been. But the stepping stones, roadblocks, triumphs and losses in Year 2 at Notre Dame are nothing Kelly has not encountered in 19 seasons of head coaching prior to taking over the Irish.

"I think I've probably worn this out, but we're in the same process that I've been in in every job that I've had," Kelly said during his Sunday teleconference. "We're doing the same things. I'm seeing the same kinds of results. They don't always equal wins, but we're clearly moving in the right direction with our football players and our football program. And sometimes it's disappointing and painful, but I would tell you that this is a very similar feeling that I've had before."

The Irish's 45-21 victory Saturday over Maryland notched them a spot in the national polls -- 24th in the AP, 25th in USA Today -- for the first time since the preseason, a sign of progress Kelly simply measured as meaning "we've played better football since that 0-2 start."

Kelly insisted, however, that winning has by no means become a habit yet for his 7-3 squad.

Separate win streaks of four and three games this season are not enough.

"Well just by the way we have shown over the past year-and-a-half, we can put together four wins in a row, and so we don't have the right to say that we have put it together yet," Kelly said. "When we put together eight, nine, 10 in a row, then we can clearly say we have moved from that constant-reminder phase to habit phase. And we haven't proven that that's the case yet."

Notes: Kelly probably won't know the status of Theo Riddick (hamstring), who missed Saturday's game, until he goes full-speed in the middle of the week, likely on Wednesday. Kelly said doctors met with Riddick on Sunday and liked his range of motion, adding that the receiver was pain-free. ... Manti Te'o (ankle) reported Sunday "as well as he has in the last three weeks," according to Kelly, who added that the junior should be back on track to getting on the field for every down. Te'o was limited to first- and second-down plays Saturday. ... Steve Filer (knee) will put off surgery to enjoy Senior Day festivities with his teammates this Saturday against Boston College.

A few more pregame notes

November, 12, 2011
LANDOVER, Md. — Darius Fleming is tonight's game captain for the Irish, joining season captain Harrison Smith. Fleming, normally No. 45, is wearing No. 46 tonight in honor of teammate and fellow Chicago native Steve Filer, who is out for the year with an apparent ACL tear.

Maryland won the toss — flipped by Joe Theismann — and will receive the ball first.

Also worth noting is that senior end Ethan Johnson was lined up with the first-team defensive line in warmups. Johnson is expected to play tonight for the first time after spraining his right ankle on the first snap Oct. 1 at Purdue. He has dressed for the three previous games but did not see any action.

Steve Filer likely to miss rest of season

November, 10, 2011
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Steve Filer is likely out for the season after suffering an apparent anterior cruciate ligament tear in practice Wednesday.

Brian Kelly said Thursday that Filer, a senior linebacker from Chicago, suffered the injury in a non-contact drill. With no eligibility remaining after this season, Filer's career appears to be over.

Kelly added that fellow senior linebacker and Chicago native Darius Fleming will wear Filer's No. 46 jersey this Saturday in his honor. Fleming normally wears No. 45.