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Notre Dame tackles 11th day of spring practice

James Onwualu and Matthias Farley continue their steady rotation around the defense.

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 11:08 a.m.


Notre Dame entered its 11th spring practice Friday, April 4, inside and away from the rainy, dreary weather. But at least it's not snow, right? Some observations from the 30-minute media window at the beginning of practice:

  • Six days after undergoing surgery to insert a rod into his fractured right leg, linebacker Jarrett Grace returned to practice on crutches and watched from the sideline.
  • Center Nick Martin (PCL) wasn't in pads, but he did run through no-contact"tempo" drills with the offense before returning to the stationary bike. Slot receiver Will Mahone (foot fracture) wore a walking boot but walked around without crutches.
  • Running backs Cam McDaniel and Tarean Folston rotated with the first-team offense. Greg Bryant came in with the twos.
  • The defensive line and linebackers worked on strip-sacking drills. Former receiver James Onwualu worked with the linebackers during the drill, as did former safety Matthias Farley.
  • While there are several contested positions along the defense, the Irish have maintained a steady secondary for most of the spring. Austin Collinsworth and Max Redfield are taking first-team reps at safety, while KeiVarae Russell and Cole Luke have started at cornerback.

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