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Can Notre Dame Return to Prominence?

Posted by GameSetMatch on 26th August 2011

In recent years, Notre Dame football has seen their fair share of bumps in the road. But as the 2011 football season approaches withing a week, we can take a look at a few aspects of their football team. First of all, Notre Dame’s head coach has decided earlier this week that he would name senior quarterback Dayne Crist as the started for its opening season game against the South Florida Bulls. In his 2010 season, Crist threw for 2003 yards, 15 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He also had a completion percentage of 59.2 percent and was sacked 16 times in 9 games. He only competed in 9 of the 13 games for the Irish and on October 30th he only attempted two passes against Tulsa. During the game against Tulsa, Crist suffered a season ending injury, ruptured patella tendon in his left knee. After having a 4-5 record last season, Crist looks to come out strong and improve on last year.

One key target that Crist will be looking for this season is the junior wide receiver, Malcom Floyd. Last season, Floyd made a big impact racking up 1,025 yard off of 79 receptions. He also averaged 13 yards per catch and accumulated 13 touchdown receptions. As for the rest of the Notre Dame offense, they look to improve on a very weak offense. The Irish offense ranked 92nd overall in rush offense, 67th in points for and 34th in passing within all of the FBS division. As you take a look at their schedule, they are matched up against three preseason top 25 ranked teams but also have some tough unranked opponents. Some potential tough games will come up against Michigan, Michigan State, PIttsburgh, Air Force, USC, Navy and Stanford. The Fighting Irish defense will have to exceed their 23rd overall defense for tough games to come out the victors each week. With tough opponents like the ones mentioned above, it reminds me of the game poker, PP IT, their is a skill involved but at times you just need luck on your side and a good game face to edge out your opponents.

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Hester Linked To Miami Probe

Posted by GameSetMatch on 18th August 2011

Devin Hester, the wider receiver for the Chicago Bears, is one of many players named by Nevin Shapiro the booster that has claimed that he gave current and ex University of Miami players cash and gifts. According to Yahoo! Sports, Hester allegedly received multiple cash gifts, tickets to a Miami Heat-Detroit Pistons playoff game, drinks and VIP access at nightclubs, entertainment on Shapiro’s $1.6 million yacht and jet skis, a suit, shoes and other clothing, $7,500 in bounties from game performances, approximately $3,000 for an engagement ring, multiple meals at Miami-area restaurants, food, drinks, entertainment and lodging at Shapiro’s $2.7 million Miami Beach home.

Yahoo! Sports lists the bounties that Hester received as: $1,000 total for a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a 38-33 win over Florida on Sept. 6, 2003; $2,500 total for two punt returns for touchdowns in a 48-0 win over Louisiana Tech on Sept. 18, 2004; $2,000 total for two return touchdowns in a 41-38 win over Louisville on Oct. 14, 2004; $1,000 total for a kickoff return for a touchdown in a 45-31 win over N.C. State on Oct. 23, 2004; and $1,000 total for a missed field goal returned for a touchdown in a 27-10 win over Florida on Dec. 31, 2004.

At the end of the day it was more than just Devin Hester who took cash and gifts from Nevin Shapiro. His integrity and loyalty to the rules of the NCAA was invisible, but the bigger problem is on the university and not the individual.

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Williams recovering well from quad strain

Posted by GameSetMatch on 17th September 2009

After missing all but two plays of Saturday’s 45-17 win over Illinois State with an injured quadricep, quarterback Juice Williams is back on the field with his teammates.

Williams practiced with the team on Tuesday and Wednesday and is now 100 percent.

“I’ll definitely be ready to go for Ohio State,” Williams said.

At his weekly press conference on Tuesday, head coach Ron Zook reiterated that Williams’ injury was minor enough that the coaches considered putting him back into the game.

Click here to read the full article – By Jay Lee of dailyillini.com



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