Notre Dame Football: Chance Warmack

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NFL talent on Bama, Notre Dame

January, 4, 2013
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Alabama has 10 prospects currently receiving draftable grades from Scouts Inc. Notre Dame has seven, though it has additional NFL talent on its roster that will not be eligible for this April's draft.

Chance Warmack leads the contingent for the Tide. Manti Te'o leads the way for the Irish.

Todd McShay breaks down the pro potential on both rosters, and one of the names that may stand out for Notre Dame is Jamoris Slaughter, the fifth-year safety whose season -- and likely college career -- ended with an Achilles tear suffered in the Sept. 15 win at Michigan State.

As McShay notes, last year's BCS title game had six players who were taken in the first round. That likely won't be the case this year, but there are still a number of stars to watch both Monday and next season.

You can read it all here .

Looking at consensus All-Americans

December, 18, 2012
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Manti Te'o's spot on the Football Writers Association of America's All-America team earned him unanimous All-America status, as he made each of the five teams that the NCAA recognizes.

The FWAA compiled a list of the five organizations' All-Americans -- the FWAA, American Football Coaches Association, Sporting News, Walter Camp and Associated Press -- and put together the consensus All-America team.

Players had to make at least two first teams, with second- and third-teams being used to break ties. Te'o was one of 12 unanimous choices.

Notre Dame will be facing four consensus All-Americans in the Jan. 7 Discover BCS National Championship, as Alabama's Chance Warmack, Barrett Jones, C.J. Mosley and Dee Milliner all earned the distinction. Jones is a repeat consensus pick from last season.

Here's the complete team, as distributed by the FWAA:

OFFENSE
WR Marqise Lee, Southern California
WR Terrance Williams, Baylor
TE Zach Ertz, Stanford
OL Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
OL Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
OL Chance Warmack, Alabama
OL David Yankey, Stanford
C Barrett Jones, Alabama
QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
RB Montee Ball, Wisconsin
RB Kenjon Barner, Oregon
RB Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona
PK Cairo Santos, Tulane
Returner/All-Purpose Dri Archer, Kent St.

DEFENSE
DL Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, 6-6, 256, So.
DL Bjoern Werner, Florida St., 6-4, 255, Jr.
DL Damontre Moore, Texas A&M, 6-4, 250, Jr.
DL Will Sutton, Arizona St., 6-1, 267, Jr.
LB Jarvis Jones, Georgia, 6-3, 241, Jr.
LB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame, 6-2, 255, Sr.
LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama, 6-2, 232, Jr.
DB Dee Milliner, Alabama, 6-1, 199, Jr.
DB Phillip Thomas, Fresno St., 6-1, 215, Sr.
DB Jordan Poyer, Oregon St., 6-0, 190, Sr.
DB Eric Reid, LSU, 6-2, 212, Jr.
P Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech, 6-2, 215, Sr.

Four Irish make AP All-America teams

December, 11, 2012
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The honors keep coming for Manti Te'o -- and he has three teammates to share the glory with this time, too.

Te'o was named an Associated Press first-team All-American on Tuesday, one year after the linebacker made the AP's second team.

Te'o is joined by teammates Tyler Eifert, Stephon Tuitt and Braxston Cave.

Eifert, the most prolific tight end in Notre Dame history, was named a second-team AP All-American for the second straight year, and Tuitt joined him at defensive end.

Cave rounded things out for the Irish as a third-team center.

Notre Dame's national title-game opponent, Alabama, landed six players across the three teams, most notably center Barrett Jones and guard Chance Warmack on the first-team offense and linebacker C.J. Mosley and cornerback Dee Milliner on the first-team defense.

Offensive tackle D.J. Fluker made the second team, while quarterback AJ McCarron was named a third-team All-American.

Not to take away from any of the players who were honored, but let's just say you'll have a hard time convincing me that there are six interior defensive linemen who had better seasons this fall than Irish noseguard Louis Nix.

Irish land two ESPN.com All-Americans

December, 10, 2012
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ESPN.com released its All-America team today. And, as you can guess, the Southeastern Conference led the way, landing nine players on the first team.

Notre Dame had two players make the team: Manti Te'o and Stephon Tuitt.

Te'o's case is simple — seven national awards, 103 tackles, nine takeaways and the heart and soul of the nation's No. 1 scoring defense, overcoming the in-season deaths of his girlfriend and his grandmother along the way.

Tuitt burst onto the scene this year as a sophomore, making Irish fans forget about USF transfer Aaron Lynch with his 77-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the season-opener and never slowing down, notching 12 sacks along the way, 1.5 off Justin Tuck's school record.

Awaiting the Irish in the Jan. 7 national title game will be three All-Americans, as Alabama center Barrett Jones, guard Chance Warmack and cornerback Dee Milliner all made ESPN.com's team as well. Jones is a repeat team member, making it last season as a left tackle for the Crimson Tide.

For the complete package, which includes video highlights and write-ups of all 25 ESPN.com first-team All-Americans, click here.

Talkin' Tide, Irish with TideNation

December, 6, 2012
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Notre Dame and Alabama are squaring off Jan. 7 in the Discover BCS National Championship, in case you haven't heard. With the matchup more than a month away, TideNation's Alex Scarborough and Notre Dame blogger Matt Fortuna go back and forth on a number of topics between the Tide and Irish.

AS: The other day Nick Saban called Notre Dame's front seven possibly the best in college football. How do you think it stacks up and what is it about the Irish defense that makes it special?

MF: One of the most overlooked pieces of Notre Dame's defense has been nose guard Louis Nix. He is a junior who came in overweight two years ago, dropped roughly 40 pounds, and then was told last year that he might not see 20 snaps a game. Injuries turned him into nearly a full-time starter last year, and he has taken his game to another level this year. His numbers -- five tackles for loss, two sacks and one forced fumble -- simply do not do him justice. He regularly takes on two blockers at a time, freeing up athletic end Stephon Tuitt (12 sacks) and allowing the Irish linebackers to make more plays. The biggest question for me -- especially after the SEC title game -- is how much pressure can these guys get on AJ McCarron? Is this offensive line invincible?

AS: The offensive line is about as invincible as it gets in one respect -- the running game. When Alabama commits to handing the ball off the Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon, there's not much a defense can do. The job Chance Warmack, Barrett Jones and Co. do pushing the line of scrimmage is remarkable. But in another respect, the line is somewhat vulnerable. Georgia showed it's not very difficult to get pressure on the backfield. It's why Alabama committed to the running game like it did in Atlanta. There wasn't much of a choice with Jarvis Jones harassing McCarron.

If there's a spot to attack Alabama's defense, it's the passing game. Georgia hit the Tide up for big play after big play on Saturday. Does Notre Dame have enough with Everett Golson to stretch the field and keep the defense honest?

MF: I think the Irish do, although if they fall behind early it will be difficult. Golson's growth over the course of the season has been crucial to Notre Dame's 12-0 season, and you've seen the offense open up more almost every week. Golson netted negative-11 rushing yards over his first four games; he has netted 316 in his past seven games (he missed the BYU game because of a concussion). Tyler Eifert is arguably the best tight end in the country and has developed a better rapport with Golson as the season has progressed, and the Irish should be welcoming back deep threat DaVaris Daniels (broken left clavicle) for the title game as well.

AS: Much has been made of the way Brian Kelly has turned around the program in South Bend and how he's recreated it with an SEC flavor in mind. How do you evaluate the job he's done in such a short time and do you see an SEC-type formula in what he's built? Is it a team that you feel could contend in the conference that's come away with six straight national championships?

MF: The general feeling upon Kelly's hiring was that if he couldn't win at Notre Dame, who could? He's done it at every step of his career, from Div. II to the MAC to the Big East, and now at Notre Dame. The difference is he is now doing it with defense, something he said from Day 1 would be required to contend, especially given the variety of offenses the Irish face with their independent schedule. You see that now with their front-seven, and especially on the line, where all three of their starters (Kapron Lewis-Moore - Texas, Nix - Florida, Tuitt - Georgia) hail from SEC country. Even athletic director Jack Swarbrick said he felt that Year 4 would be the time that Notre Dame would contend for a national title, so it's safe to say that Kelly is ahead of schedule. This team is built like an SEC squad, and it could certainly contend in the nation's best conference this season. The question is if the Irish can sustain this kind of success.

From the outside looking in, it would appear that this Alabama team is less talented than the last two to win championships, and maybe even less talented than the 2010 squad that didn't win it. Is that a fair statement, and what's it say about Nick Saban that he has the Tide back on the sport's biggest stage yet again, despite taking everyone's best shot?

AS: It's tough to say the Tide are less talented today than they were a year or even two years ago. To me, it's a matter of performance as I can look out and see a number of future NFL prospects on both sides of the ball. I believe what we're seeing this season is a result of a lack of experience and seasoning, not ability. You have first- or second-year players starting at 10 or more positions at any given time. I think that a year from now we'll be saying something much different about the talent in Tuscaloosa. That said, you have to commend the job Saban and his coordinators have done to this point masking inexperience. Remember, Alabama lost 11 starters from a year ago. Saban replaced star cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick with Dee Milliner, who some scouts believe might be the top defensive back available in this year's draft. Saban replaced the Trent Richardson/Eddie Lacy tailback combo with Lacy and freshman T.J. Yeldon, who has rushed for 1,000 yards this season. It's remarkable how the Tide haven't missed a beat, and that all traces back to the staff's ability to recruit and develop players. Alabama has finished with a top-3 recruiting class every year since 2008.

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