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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Notre Dame Running The Football

Starting tight end Tyler Eifert made an interesting comment in a unbyelined (hmmm that can't be a word) South Bend Tribune article last week.  Read the story Here.

"The first couple days of camp, all we did was run the football," Eifert said. "(The coaches) were trying to send a message that we're not going to be a soft, throw-it-around football team. We need to develop a running identity, also."

A number of pundits started reading into what Eifert tried to say: 
"Notre Dame needs to spend more than two days running the ball."
"All great BCS teams run the football."
"Last year Notre Dame was only successful when they ran the football."
"The Irish are weak at the running back position."
"Jonas Gray needs to run North and South and not fumble."
"Cierre Wood is capable of a breakout year."
"Notre Dame's running game is dismal."
"The running game needs to be competent and productive."
"Notre Dame needs to average 5.0 yards per carry to win consistently."

That's not really what was taking place in the first two full practice sessions of the Fall Practice.  Eifert only told part of what was going on.  Sure it was a toughen-it-up-go for both the first team offense and defense, but it was something much more.

Two days dedicated to installing the special scripted run packages for Andrew Hendrix and Everett Golson using the first team offense.  When that was done, Brian Kelly could concentrate on his quarterback derby between Dayne Crist and Tommy Rees

With the packages in place, they could be gone over and quickly practiced during game week with a minimum of time spent.

How did SAS get such an inside scoop behind the green tarp of LaBar practice field?

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