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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Notre Dame Football 2010 - 5 Sweet Surprises --- 5 Deep Disappointments

It is both hard and sad to believe that the regular season is over. So many expectations, such high hopes, many sweet dreams and some bitter agony.


1.  David Ruffer 15 for 15 in converting field goals this year. 18-18 in his career. Light a candle at the Grotto that he will come back for a fifth year.

2.  Notre Dame 20 – U$C 16. Finally.

3.  Congratulations to Coach Kelly and his entire staff for keeping the Team focused and out of the TANK. Any one of these losses would undo a normal Team; Michigan, MSU, Navy and Tulsa. Then the terrible tragic accident with the student cameraman.

4.  18 year old Tommy Rees stepping up to the task and delivering albeit shaky, but delivering none the less.

5.  The complete turn-around of the defense. In a year full of high expectations for a high powered offense that really struggled at times and left the defense to salvage the day.

Honorable Mention: Manti Te’o 127 tackles. 65 OA – 62 A. 14th in FBS.


1.  The season ending injuries to Dayne Crist, Armando Allen, Kyle Rudolph, Theo Riddick and Ian Williams. What could have been?

2.  At the end of the Tulsa game, continuing to drive for a touchdown (an interception) instead of working and positioning the ball for a field goal attempt to win the game.

3.  The utter entire dismantling of the Notre Dame Football Team by Navy and their coaching staff.  Navy 35 - Notre Dame 17)

4.  The total lack of a Special Teams Punt Return Play. 75 opportunities. 31 fair catches. 15 return attempts for a miserable 83 yards.

5.  The poor Special Teams play and coaching on the MSU fake field goal in overtime.

Also Ran: Lack of a Special Teams Kick-off return game. 48 attempts for 1004 yards. Less than 21 yards an attempt. It would have been better to take the touchbacks and save the wear and tear on Wood and Jackson.

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