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Irish Insights


Practice report: April 8

SOUTH BEND – Notre Dame had planned to go out outside for its ninth practice of the spring.

But rain forced the Irish inside Monday as practice was pushed back from its original starting time of 8 a.m. to 8:30 with the first 30 minutes of practice open to the media.

The Irish were down another receiver during the media portion of practice as sophomore Chris Brown was not in uniform. Irish Illustrated reported that Brown has a hamstring injury.

DaVaris Daniels, who is recovering from a knee injury, wasn't in full pads and didn't participate in drills during the first 30 minutes of practice.

Before the team went through stretching, coach Brian Kelly worked with the offensive line. He encouraged them to run their formation faster and was talking about how the guards can get matched up one-on-one with inside linebackers with the tackles taking care of the defensive ends.

When the Irish broke from stretching, the defense went through its normal pursuit drill to start.

The first unit Monday consisted of defensive linemen Stephon Tuitt, Louis Nix and Sheldon Day, outside linebackers Prince Shembo and Ben Councell, inside linebackers Carlo Calabrese and Jarrett Grace, cornerbacks Lo Wood and Jalen Brown and safeties Matthias Farley and Elijah Shumate.

The second unit had defensive linemen Justin Utupo, Kona Schwenke and Tony Springmann, a Bishop Dwenger graduate, outside linebackers Ishaq Williams and Romeo Okwara, inside linebackers were Kendall Moore and Joe Schmidt, cornerbacks Josh Atkinson and Joe Romano with safeties Austin Collinsworth and Eilar Hardy.

Outside linebacker Danny Spond, who was out with a neck and shoulder injury, was in pads and worked with the third unit and participated in linebacker position drills.

When Notre Dame broke up for individual drills, the defensive linemen started by focusing on pass rush moves.

The first defensive line unit was Day, Nix and Tuitt with Springmann, Schwenke and Utupo in the second unit and the third unit had Jarron Jones Tyler Stockton and Arturo Martinez.

Defensive line coach Mike Elston got on Springmann during part of the drill for cheating on his power step, but Elston also told Springmann that he would become a great player and it starts with individual drills.