Archive for June, 2008

The Unspoken Word

June 30, 2008

I gotta keep these coming as the season rapidly approaches. Two more chambers are opened for the 36 players of impact. This is the toughest position on the defensive side of the ball.

Darrin Walls #2

Cornerback
6’0″ 183 lbs.
Junior
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Wu-Name: Action-Packed Mentalist

Darrin Walls is quickly becoming a fan favorite. Why? We haven’t seen a corner with these type of skills in South Bend for quite some time. He came to Notre Dame as a very highly touted prospect and he has done nothing to change my mind to the contrary. He supplanted a 5th year senior at the starting spot last year and played very well for the Irish as they improved their pass defense by leaps and bounds.

Darrin plays the ball very well and had 9 pass break ups last year and one very big interception against Penn State as he returned it 73 yards for a touchdown and gave Irish fans some glimmer of hope in that game, until the bottom fell out. Look for even more improvement this year from Darrin and a spike in his interception numbers with the type of pressure defense Tenuta/Brown are installing. It would not be a surprise to see Darrin’s name hovering around a lot of All-American lists as the season unwinds.


Terrail Lambert #20

Cornerback
5’11” 195 lbs.
5th Year Senior
Oxnard, California
Wu-Name: Inscrutable Drama-Queen

Irish fans have seen a lot of Lambert over the years. Some moments have been great, and others were down right awful. Who can forget the interception returned for a touchdown capping the amazing comeback in a monsoon versus Michigan State in 2006 and then the miraculous interception moments later in that same game to seal the deal. Of course you can also look back to the game prior against Michigan and the Manningham debacle as well. Through it all, Lambert has maintained his starting role on the Irish defense as a true cover corner.

Lambert has a chance this year to really become a great player and put himself in good draft position as this is his 5th and final year after starting the last two years. Along with his partner Walls, Terrail should greatly benefit from the pressure packages that the Irish defense will show this year. His run stopping ability makes him even more dangerous, as his physical play makes him a better player overall. He will be in on a lot of big plays… let’s just hope they are on the right side of the spectrum. Potentially dominating? Maybe. I’ll go for consistently good.

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Bring The Pain

June 30, 2008
In honor of TAH-NOO-TAH’s latest remarks, I give you the next two chambers to open in this ongoing series

Kerry Neal #56

Defensive End/Outside Linebacker
6’2″ 240 lbs.
Sophomore
Bunn, North Carolina
Wu-Name: Foolish Magician

Kerry Neal started it all. Coming from a recruiting class in 2007 that saw the commitment of Jimmy Clausen in up-scale fashion, Kerry Neal crept up on Irish fans like a Pantera song. He was the first player to commit that year and it took the recruiting services a while to catch up to the talent.

Right away in summer camp, Irish insiders started to notice a certain player from North Carolina playing his way into the depth chart. He not only did that, but he earned a starting job and by all accounts, he will be there for the next 3 years. He should thrive in the hybrid Tenuta/Brown system as he is very much a hybrid himself. Look for Neal to be an everydown player and absofuckinlutly menacing coming off of the edge. Devastating is what he could be along with his partner…

Linebacker
6’3″ 239 lbs.
Sophomore
Overland Park, Kansas
Wu-Name: 100-Watt Warlock
Brian came to Notre Dame as a consolation prize. The Irish lost out on a couple of higher profile recruits and had a couple of decommitments, so there was room on the roster for Brian late in the game. Brian’s father is a former fullback that played for the Irish in the 80’s and is a legacy that was almost lost as he was committed to Iowa. Consolation prize my ass. Brian did what Neal did and played himself right into the mix at linebacker and then became a starter.
Brian is another type of hybrid. Although he was used primarily on the outside last year, the coaches have moved him around a bit and it will not be a shock when we see Brian playing the Mike position. He plays with a tremendous amount of emotion, that if kept in check, should be a big lightning rod for the “D” this year. 100-Watt Warlock indeed. Brian is looking to fuck you up and bring some pain.

Bagpipe Monday… Warpath

June 30, 2008

With 2 months to go until college football kicks off, it’s time to get on the warpath.

Ultimate Randomness

June 30, 2008

More random thoughts and stuff from the Emperor…

The 2008 season is slowly descending upon us. With that in mind I would like to extend an early invite to all of you out there. What is this exquisite invitation? It is Subway Domer’s: There Can Be Only One College Football Pick-em Contest. ( A long title, I know). Last year was a lot of fun and for those of you who finished the contest last year, I will be e-mailing you very shortly.

This contest is open to ANYBODY, and it is free to join and the winner will receive a T-Shirt. I will have more details soon, but if you are new to Subway Domer here are the links to the RULES and CONTEST PAGE from last year. I will most likely make a few changes this year, but this will help you understand how this all works.

If you are interested please e-mail me at subwaydomer26@gmail.com and use the word CONTEST as your subject header.

Enough. I have asked Mark Allen to quit coming to Subway Domer and commenting on anything about links and whatever attacks are made about him or any other person. I am asking you as readers to please do the same. Trolls.

Say what? The wife and I are pregnant with our first child. This is awesome news and very surprising. Apparently, we weren’t supposed to get pregnant without a lot of help from doctors and other brilliant minds. These aren’t the same brilliant doctors that thought that my wife had leukemia when it was tonsillitis, but they were proved wrong once again. Time to break out the baby clothes…
Needless to say, I will have to eliminate the swearing and overall nastiness of this site at some point. But, I’m sure I will have at least 3 more years of being the foulest Irish site on the net. So don’t go calling me a sell out just yet, but I won’t be an asshole like this fool (via EDSBS.com)…

The 2008 preview? It’s coming. But until then, marvel at the not so accurate predictions from last year. This year could get a little interesting.

Peace Out,
The Emperor of the Subway Alumni
THE Subway Domer

Did You Miss This Too?

June 29, 2008

Because of my disdain for mainstream media, I sometimes overlook a few things. These videos are an example of that. So, tada…

Triumph

June 23, 2008

The next two chambers are opened…

Golden Tate #23
Wide Receiver
5’11” 188 lbs.
Sophomore
Hendersonville, Tennessee
Wu-Name: Crazy-Haired Slacker

It just doesn’t look right to me. It’s about as opposite as the Wu-Name given to Golden. He doesn’t look like a dangerous wide receiver. He’s short, wears a number that was previously held by another wide receiver (Chase Anastasio) that was known for, well, nothing really, and was more heralded coming out of high school as a running back and a defensive back. Yet he managed to make Irish eyes smile wide as he torched Purdue for his coming out party.

Look for Tate to try and improve his biggest weakness this year. He HAS to run better routes. He can’t just run fly patterns every down. Can he? Irish fans have salivated at the potential that Tate has as a Domer since his recruitment. Golden Tate, from Pope John Paul II High School? How would he NOT be a Domer? I expect big things from Tate this year, especially on the returns. We should see him taking kickoffs, but I would really like to see him back as a punt returner as well.

Armando Allen #5
Running Back
5’10” 190 lbs.
Sophomore
Opa Locka, Florida
Wu-Name: Violent Toilet Thing

Armando Allen was supposed to be The Rocket reborn. That’s a lot of pressure for a player coming off of a season ending leg injury from his senior year in high school. Never the less, Armando set Notre Dame season records for kickoff returns (33) and yards (704). Although that sounds pretty impressive considering the return men the Irish have had in the past such as Ismail, Tim Brown, and Allen Rossum, but those totals are in large part due to the new kickoff spot (5 yards back), and the fact that ND let opposing teams into the endzone like they were Ed McMahon with a large cardboard check.

Armando will be in a heated battle for playing time with James Aldridge, and Robert Hughes for carries this year and he should see competition from incoming freshman Jonas Gray as a receiving back as Armando was the teams go to receiving threat out of the backfield. Couple him with Golden Tate returning kicks, and the Irish should be in better field position with good returns. Allen is finally 100% healed from his high school injury and will look to cement himself as a true threat whenever he touches the ball.

Everybody’s All-American

June 23, 2008

It’s starting to get to be that time of year. Preseason polls, All-American lists- the whole enchilada. In that spirit, Subway Domer is proud and boastful to bring you this years, Subway Domer All-American Team. It is the same concept as last year, only I have added the only known preseason Freshman All-American team. I’ll explain later. So, without further eye-gouging…
OFFENSE 1st Team
QB- Chase Daniel SR. Missouri
RB- Chris Wells SO. Ohio State
RB- LeSean McCoy SO. Pitt
WR- Michael Crabtree SO. Texas Tech
WR- Percy Harvin JR. Florida
WR- Greg Carr SR. Florida State
TE- Travis Beckum SR. Wisconsin
FB- Stanley Havili SO. USC
C- Max Unger SR. Oregon
OG- Duke Robinson SR. Oklahoma
OG- Anthony Parker SR. Tennessee
OT- Andre Smith JR. Alabama
OT- Michael Oher SR. Ole Miss
K- Sam Swank SR. Wake Forest
KR- C.J. Spiller JR. Clemson
DEFENSE 1st Team
DE- George Selvie JR. South Florida
DE- Greg Middleton JR. Indiana
DT- Fili Moala SR. USC
DT- Vince Oghobaase JR. Duke
ILB- James Laurinaitis SR. Ohio State
ILB- Rey Maualuga SR. USC
OLB- Brian Cushing SR. USC
OLB- Brian Toal SR. Boston College
CB- Malcolm Jenkins SR. Ohio State
CB- Vontae Davis JR. Illinois
FS- Taylor Mays JR. USC
SS- Nic Harris SR. Oklahoma
P- Kevin Huber SR. Cincinnati
PR- Derrick Williams SR. Penn State
OFFENSE 2nd Team
QB- Tim Tebow JR. Florida
RB- Knowshon Moreno SO. Georgia
RB- James Davis SR. Clemson
WR- Jeremy Maclin SO. Missouri
WR- Brandon Gibson SR. Washington State
WR- Sammie Stroughter SR. Oregon State
TE- Chase Coffman SR. Missouri
FB- Eric Kettani
C- Alex Mack SR. Cal
OG- Herman Johnson SR. LSU
OG- Steve Rehring SR. Ohio State
OT- Phil Loadholt SR. Oklahoma
OT- Alex Boone SR. Ohio State
K- Jose Martinez SR. UTEP
KR- AJ Wallace JR. Penn State
DEFENSE 2nd Team
DE- Tyson Jackson SR. LSU
DE- Michael Johnson SR. Georgia Tech
DT- DeMarcus Granger JR. Oklahoma
DT- Terrance Taylor SR. Michigan
ILB- Jasper Brinkley SR. South Carolina
ILB- Dave Philistin SR. Maryland
OLB- Aaron Curry SR. Wake Forest
OLB- Anthony Heygood SR. Purdue
CB- Victor Harris SR. Virginia Tech
CB- Mike Mickens SR. Cincinnati
FS- William Moore SR. Missouri
SS- Myron Rolle JR. Florida State
P- Louie Sakoda SR. Utah
PR- David Gilreath SO. Wisconsin
Now it’s time for something new. We see freshman making big impacts every year for their teams right from the opening game and straight on to the bowls. This year, I am going to give my Subway Domer Preseason Freshman All-Americans. It will consist of one player from each position group. These may not be the #1 players coming in from High School, but they are the ones who will make the biggest impact at their position for their team, or so I think.
QB- Jacory Harris *Miami
RB- Darrell Scott *Colorado
WR- Mike Floyd *Notre Dame
TE- Blake Ayles *USC
OL- Josh Jenkins *West Virginia
DL- Da’Quan Bowers *Clemson
LB- Jonathon Major *Colorado
DB- Rahim Moore *UCLA

Bagpipe Monday… Breakin’

June 22, 2008

You wish you were this cool…

Careful…

June 19, 2008

Continuing the Wu Am I Series, or whatever else I feel like calling it. Just a reminder that this is a list of 36 players of impact. I feel that with a multiple formation and personal offense AND defense, that listing a traditional depth chart is kind of boring and inaccurate.

Time to open up 2 more chambers. But be careful, danger awaits…

Pat Kuntz #96

Defensive Tackle/Nose Tackle
6’3″ 290 lbs.
Senior
Indianapolis, Indiana
Wu-Name: Loose Lipped Controller

He’s back. After doing whatever it was that needed to be done, Pat Kuntz has returned to Notre Dame as a student and a football player after taking classes at Ivy Tech. (Not in the Ivy League). Pat is a returning starter at nose tackle and was a bright spot for Irish fans as his personality outshined the team and he quickly became a fan favorite. Pat figures to be a very large part of a defensive line that is very unproven. Word around campus is that ND will lean more to the 4-3 fronts as opposed to the 3-4. This will mean that Kuntz will play more at his now natural DT position, as opposed to what he may play as a DE, taking over the spot left by Trevor Laws. Here’s to hoping that Pat will don the mohawk and straight body slam opposing players.

Will Yeatman #84
Tight End
6’6″ 255 lbs.
Junior
San Diego, California
Wu-Name: Erratic Assassin

After suffering an embarrassing DUI arrest because Will was too drunk to know the difference between a sidewalk and a road (or should I say too drunk to care), he is back with the team and ready to compete for playing time after watching Mike Ragone take 99.9% of the snaps in the spring. What some people may not figure is that there are two TE’s play different types of TE in Weis’s system. Therefore, William will play quite a bit and make a major impact on the Irish . Will is very athletic as he kicks ass as a Lacrosse stud for the Fighting Irish as well. It’s great the caliber of player back that Yeatman is, and I suspect he will have a good season. On another note, I am extremely happy that a player can fuck up like Will did, and not have to watch his life get completely fucked up. Kudo’s to Weis and the administration for ending this whateverness. (RPN- had the same thing happen to him, but it was during the season and that ended abruptly). Be Careful…Click-Click.

"T" Time

June 18, 2008

Notre Dame received their 9th verbal commitment for the incoming class of 2009 from kicker Nick Tausch.

The 6’1″ 180lbs. from Jesuit College Prep School in Dallas, Texas made the verbal pledge on Tuesday.

This commitment comes as a little bit of a surprise, as it seemed that Dustin Hopkins was The Fighting Irish’s #1 kicking prospect for 2009. Weis gave Hopkins a date to commit if he wanted the job, and that day came and went. The job and the #1 spot then fell to Tausch… and he took the spot.

This is the second special teams commitment for The Fighting Irish as punter Ben Turk already made his verbal pledge. Weis looks to have a firm desire to improve the special teams by large margins and the proof is in the pudding when during a year of limited scholarships the Irish would take two kickers (1 K & 1 P) while already having two kickers on the roster for multiple years.

Let’s hope the gamble pays dividends.