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Irish start spring practice

Notre Dame started spring practice this morning in shorts and T-shirts.

A couple of Irish players not involved on the first day where running back Amir Carlisle, who suffered a broken left foot and will not be available for camp, and former Bishop Dwenger standout Tony Springmann.

Carlisle was on crutches and wore a boot on his left foot. The transfer from USC watched the running backs and slot receivers go through their drills during the portion of practice open to the media.

Springmann had a discectomy to repair a bulge in a disc before camp. He was dressed but didn't wear a helmet or take part in drills.

After the warmup, Notre Dame ran through its offense.

The first-team offensive line featured Tate Nichols are right tackle, Christian Lombard at right guard, Mike Golic Jr. at center, Chris Watt at left guard and Zack Martin at left tackle.

Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix shared the quarterback duties with the first team, and the receiver group was TJ Jones, Robby Toma and former Bishop Dwenger star John Goodman. Another former Dwenger standout, Tyler Eifert, shared tight end duties with Ben Koyack. Theo Riddick was at running back.

Everett Golson handled all of the QB duties with the second team, and the offensive line featured Nick Martin, Conor Hantretty, Matt Hegarty, Jordan Prestwood and Bruce Heggie.


Not a lot can be determined about the QB race on the first day, let alone the first 30 minutes of practice.

Gunner Kiel looked like he belonged on a college football field, even though he should still be in high school. The early enrollee had a fluid motion and made passes with little effort.

Though, none of the quarterbacks were being asked to make difficult throws during the media portion of practice.

Rees and Hendrix pair up for drills with Golson and Kiel teaming up.

Coach Brian Kelly spent all of his time with the QBs during the media portion of practice along with new offensive coordinator Chuck Martin. This was nothing new for Kelly, who also spent the maturity of his time with the quarterbacks at practice along with former offensive coordinator Charley Molnar.

The quarterbacks did do a drill that I hadn't seem them work on before. The quarterbacks lined up 10 yards from each other and threw on the run.

It wasn't a fast pace and the drill mostly went smooth with the occasional low throw.

Running backs/slot receivers

Tony Alford returned to his original coaching position at Notre Dame – running backs.

Alford was handling running backs and slot receivers when the team broke up for individual drills.

Cierre Wood and Riddick led the line for the drills.

The backs and slot receivers started by running over pads on the ground and were catching passes from Alford as the viewing portion ended.