Observations from ND's first spring practice


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Players and coaches emerged from the Guglielmino Athletic Complex just before 8 Wednesday morning to take to the Labar Practice Fields, officially kicking off spring ball for Notre Dame.

Media members were allowed in for the first half-hour or so, and here are some observations from the viewing:

  • Christian Lombard took reps with the first-team offensive line at right guard. Tate Nichols was next to him at right tackle.

  • Wide receivers T.J. Jones, Robby Toma and John Goodman ran with the first-team offense in tempo drills, which Tommy Rees began before Andrew Hendrix received some snaps. Everett Golson ran it with the 2s, hitting Daniel Smith several times.

  • Brian Kelly and Chuck Martin stayed with the quarterbacks once the team broke into position groups. Working in pairs (Rees and Hendrix, Golson and Gunner Kiel, who wore jersey No. 1), the signal callers warmed up throwing to each other, worked on footwork drills and later did rollouts together, throwing on the move.

  • Nothing breaking here, but former linebacker Troy Niklas, now wearing jersey No. 85, towers over the other tight ends. Ishaq Williams was wearing jersey No. 11. George Atkinson, who received several pitches out of the backfield while Golson was under center, was wearing jersey No. 4. Injured running back Amir Carlisle, wearing jersey No. 3, was on crutches.