Saturday, October 25, 2014


Notre Dame opens 2014 spring practices inside the Loftus Center Monday, March 3.

Cole Luke snaps his chin strap during the first day of spring football practice Monday March 3, 2014. (J. Tyler Klassen)

Everett Golson (5) talks with an assistant coach during the first day of spring football practice Monday March 3, 2014. (J. Tyler Klassen)
Notre Dame opens spring football on cold March morning
Posted on March 3, 2014 at 9:42 a.m.

Is it still considered spring football when it's -2 degrees outside?

Either way, Notre Dame kicked off its first day of spring practice from the warmth of the Loftus Center Monday, March 3.

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A few observations from the 30-minute media viewing window:

  • The first team offense during tempo drills: quarterback Everett Golson; running back Tarean Folston; receivers Corey Robinson, C.J. Prosise and Chris Brown; tight end Ben Koyack and offensive linemen (from left to right) Ronnie Stanley, Steve Elmer, Matt Hegarty, Christian Lombard, Mike McGlinchey.
  • The first team defense during tempo drills: Romeo Okwara and Ishaq Williams at defensive end; Sheldon Day and Jarron Jones at tackle; Jaylon Smith, Kendall Moore and Joe Schmidt at linebacker; KeiVarae Russell and Cole Luke at cornerback and Austin Collinsworth and Max Redfield at safety.
  • The defense worked exclusively in a four-man fronts, with linebackers Okwara and Williams lining up as first-team ends the entire 30 minutes.
  • As expected, center Nick Martin (knee), defensive lineman Tony Springmann (ACL, infection), linebacker Jarrett Grace (leg) and cornerback Devin Butler (shoulder) sat out during drills.