ND fall camp off and running
Here's what the first- and second-team offense looked like in the drill. (And before we run away with Week 1 starters, let's remember that there were no pads, no defenders and 28 remaining practices before the Navy opener.)
- First team: QB Everett Golson, RB/WR Theo Riddick, WR John Goodman, WR T.J. Jones, WR Robby Toma, TE Tyler Eifert, LT Zack Martin, LG Chris Watt, C Braxston Cave, RG Mike Golic Jr., RT Christian Lombard
- Second team: QB Andrew Hendrix/Gunner Kiel, RB/WR George Atkinson III, WR DaVaris Daniels, WR Daniel Smith, WR Davonte' Neal, TE Alex Welch/Ben Koyack, LT Jordan Prestwood, LG Conor Hanratty, C Matt Hegarty, RG Nick Martin, RT Tate Nichols
So what do we make of Golson taking the first snap of practice No. 1?
"He had a better spring game in our evaluation, so he got the first shot," coach Brian Kelly said afterward. "Andrew had a really good practice today, so there's a chance he could be the first tomorrow. I think that's kind of where we are right now. We're so close with those guys at this point."
When asked later if what he saw of the signal callers Saturday matched up with what he had heard about their progress from the summer, Kelly said: "I was pleased with all of them, and I was pleased with Tommy Rees. He was out there coaching all the quarterbacks and it just reaffirms the kind of kid he is to me."
Also worth noting was the absence of Cierre Wood, who dressed but did not participate. Kelly said there was some medical paperwork that Wood had not taken care of, but he is physically fine.
On a sour note, the football career of offensive lineman Brad Carrico is over because of chronic foot problems. Kelly said that Notre Dame is in the final stages of getting Carrico a medical scholarship, which would not count against the team's limit of 85.
Elsewhere, the team officially released its 2013 schedule.
- Aug. 31: Temple
- Sept. 7: at Michigan
- Sept. 14: at Purdue
- Sept. 21: Michigan State
- Sept. 28: Oklahoma
- Oct. 5: Arizona State (in Arlington, Texas)
- Oct. 12: Bye
- Oct. 19: USC
- Oct. 26: at Air Force
- Nov. 2: Navy
- Nov. 9: at Pitt
- Nov. 16: Bye
- Nov. 23: BYU
- Nov. 30: at Stanford
Initial observations: The Irish have quite the home schedule, with MSU, Oklahoma and USC all coming to town. It will be tough to pick a night contest out of that trio, assuming, of course, that Notre Dame wishes to have a home night game for a third straight year. There are also two bye weeks in 2013. And as Lane Kiffin will undoubtedly point out, yes, the Trojans come to town following one, again.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Brian Kelly, Theo Riddick, Robby Toma, Everett Golson, Andrew Hendrix, Tate Nichols, George Atkinson III, T.J. Jones, Tommy Rees, Cierre Wood, Tyler Eifert, Braxston Cave, Alex Welch, John Goodman, Ben Koyack, Zack Martin, Daniel Smith, Chris Watt, Nick Martin, Navy Midshipmen, Lane Kiffin, DaVaris Daniels, Mike Golic Jr., Davonte Neal, Jordan Prestwood, Gunner Kiel, Christian Lombard, Matt Hegarty, Conor Hanratty, Brad Carrico