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Spring game halftime to offer few breaks

4/12/2012

A quarterback decision will not likely be made by halftime of next Saturday's Blue and Gold spring game, though the hitting and live action will be a welcome refreshment after four months of no game action.

Still, don't expect a break in physicality after the first 30 minutes at Notre Dame Stadium.

Former Irish running back James Aldridge will be featured in a 7-on-7 rugby scrimmage between his current team and the school's club team.

From BlueandGold.com's Dan Murphy:

Aldridge is currently living in the mountains of Aspen, Colo., coaching high school football and track. In his spare time he is training for a chance to join the U.S. national rugby team in the near future. He's been learning to play the sport since the summer he graduated. He reached out to Notre Dame's administration last spring to arrange a halftime rugby game this year, and they were quick to embrace the idea.

"I wanted to help the guys and seniors who kept me in the ND rugby system and kind of helped me get into this new sport," he said. "Also, bring a little more exposure to the sport as well because it could be an [escape] for a lot of athletes. Only 1 percent get in [to the pros]. That leaves a lot of athletes with a lot of athletic drive left that have no sport to play. I just want to kind of get some exposure to it so I can try to help some people out."

Impressive stuff from the 2010 Notre Dame graduate, who has seemed to do a great job of moving forward from a football career that never met the expectations placed on him out of high school. Rugby, he tells Murphy, provides him another element of fun without dulling his edge, and it should be a show worth watching come halftime next weekend.