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Irish Insights

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    Three more Notre Dame players were named to watch lists.
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    Notre Dame's Kyle Brindza was named to the preseason watch list for the 2014 Lou Groza Award. The Lou Groza Award is given annually to the nation's best placekicker.
  • Two more Irish land on watch lists
    Notre Dame center Nick Martin was placed on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, given annually to the nation's best player at that position.

Freshmen standout in first half

A pair of early-enrollee freshmen shined in the opening half of Notre Dame's Blue-Gold Game as the Blue team took a 6-3 lead into halftime.

Defensive end Aaron Lynch showcased why he was such a hot recruiting prospect in the game's first 30 minutes.

The 6-foot-6, 260-pounder had six tackles and 1 ½ tackles for loss for the Blue team. He also nearly had a sack on the games final drive when he slammed Gold quarterback Andrew Hendrix to the ground just after the ball was released with less than two minutes to play.

Quarterback Everett Golson put together a nice drive on his second series of the game.

Golson, who went 2 for 3 for 17 yards in his first series, pieced together a 58-yard drive that died on the Gold's 3-yard line.

During the drive, Golson connected on passes of nine and 15 yards and would have had a 25-yard completion if it wasn't dropped by walk-on receiver Nick Fitzpatrick. Golson also had runs of two and 15 yards during the drive.

But the 6-0, 180-pound freshman couldn't connected on 3-yard passes to either John Goodman or T.J. Jones to finish the drive with a touchdown as the Blue team turned it over on downs.

The kickers handled the first-half scoring with Kyle Brindza hitting a 32-yard field goal for the Gold team, and Nick Tausch connecting from 22 and 45 yards out for the Blue team.

Notre Dame may have suffered an injury in the first half as nose guard Hafis Williams was helped off the field with less than a minute to play.