Monday, August 6, 2012
ND fall camp off and running
By Matt Fortuna
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The LaBar Practice Complex speakers began blaring Chiddy Bang's "Mind Your Manners," and Notre Dame's fall camp was off and running Saturday. Soon enough, following the initial jogging and stretching, media members allowed in for the first portion of the first practice got to see the tempo drill, with Everett Golson seeing first-team action there.
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.)
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.
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.