SOUTH BEND -- So here we are, indoors, God shaking down the thunder outside. I guess that's as apropos a jumping off point as any for a few thoughts about the portion of Notre Dame's practice the media was allowed to watch this morning.
* OK, I want to know something: Who puts together the mix tape the P.A. blares during the calisthenics portion of practice? We went from Katy Perry to Axl Rose. And I swear, when "Welcome to the Jungle" fired up, I saw Nick Boucher run out there.
Alas, no. It was only Nick Fitzpatrick and Nick Baratti.
* This just in: Tyler Eifert is really, really good. Watched the man run a deep sideline route, fight off a defender and catch an off-shoulder ball like it was, well, nothing. Just another day at the office.
* Never say Brian Kelly isn't a strategy guy. Although I'm sure it wasn't intentional (cough-cough), all the QB work this morning was done at the far end of the field from the media area.
At our end?
D-line drills. Oh, and we got to watch the punters.
* For some quirky reason, I became fascinated watching a guy you've never heard of -- i.e., walk-on quarterback Charlie Fiessinger. Mainly this was because I was curious about what a walk-on quarterback does at a Notre Dame practice.
The answer is, not much. In the hour allotted to us, I never saw Fiessinger throw a pass. Mostly he stood five or six yards back and watched Notre Dame's four starting quarterbacks (in no particular order, Everett Golson, Gunner Kiel, Andrew Hendrix and Tommy Rees) take their reps.
Then, during the 11-on-11 drills, he was the guy who stood on the sideline relaying the curious hand signals that Brian Kelly's system uses to send in plays. Lots of pointing in various mysterious directions and pantomiming explosions.
And I thought: Must be an odd life change for a kid who came out of Cincinnati's legendary Moeller High. On the other hand .... he gets to say he's a quarterback at Notre Dame.
So he's got that going for him.