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Johnny Come Lately

April 19, 2007

With the Blue-Gold Game just a few days away now, I’m sure that I might be the last yahoo to post about the rosters being announced. But I just might add a little something that no one else has, so….here are a few tidbits.

    • As much as Charlie had talked about a competitive game, I had originally thought that the teams would be picked almost like a pick-up game. I was of course very wrong. The trend seems to be that the Blue Squad is primarily the 1st team Offense and 2nd team Defense, while the Gold Squad is the 2nd team Offense and 1st team Defense. This is mostly true. (Just like you can be mostly dead). The lineman are forced to wear the green jerseys and play a little iron-man.
    • The QBs are split up in a manner that shouts that Clausen and Jones are the top 2. I myself think Frazer is the #2 right now… but we will see. It is a disadvantage to Frazer and Sharpley to be on the Gold Squad. They have almost no one to throw to. Hord, Gallup, and Jackson are the WR, while they get both sophomore TEs (Yeatman and Reuland). By the way if you haven’t heard, senior WR Darrin Bragg left the team. Good Luck son.
    • Ahh the RBs. This should be a dandy of a horse race. Travis Thomas, looking to cement his starter status, will try to become the Blue-Gold Game MVP for a 2nd year in a row. Armando Allen will make his debut as “lightning in a bottle”. James Aldridge will try to cap off what has been an impressive spring camp, and solidify himself as the main competition for carries with Thomas in the Fall. Another name that has been dropped quite a bit has been Junior Jabbie. Hell Yes. I love this kid and his name. Some insiders have been so impressed with his performance, that they have touted him as a starter on 90% of the other schools out there.
    • Weis has Schwapp and Schmidt flipped at FB. This is probably to get Asaphs head on straight. I have heard he did not have a great spring (rusty), while Luke looked very solid.
    • I think the LB situation is getting a little out of hand. Don’t read too much into where what guys are where. I think this is a very fluid battle with the lone exception being Maurice Crum. I will say that I am surprised that of all the combos I have heard of the 4 LBs, not one included Toryan Smith, Mo Crum, and Joe Brockington on the field at the same time. I think those are the best guys we got and I believe with the lack of TRUE depth, they ALL should be out there.
    • Keep an eye on Paul Duncan at Left Tackle. He will be key to the success of whatever QB is starting this fall.
    • Also keep a SHARP eye on David Bruton. If he plays well, so should the rest of our secondary.

    These are just a few thoughts about the rosters. Honestly though, I don’t feel like Weis is going to tip his hat too much as to who all the starters would be. Just too many spots to be fought over. GT and Michigan got a pretty good look at us last year because most of the jobs were already won. The element of surprise ladies and gentleman. We may not know what we really have until August…what a long summer.

    • Editors Note: I would love to hear from any and all of you that attend the Blue-Gold Game about your thoughts. Please E-Mail me at my address on this page. If your thought is noteworthy, I will quote and credit you.(With credit not cash).

    5th Year Fever

    January 30, 2007



    Here come the 5th years.

    • Geoff Price #17 Punter
    • Dwight Stephenson #57 Defensive End
    • Trevor Laws #98 Defensive Tackle
    • John Carlson #89 Tight End
    • Ambrose Wooden #22 Cornerback
    • John Sullivan #78 Center
    • Joe Brockington #52 Linebacker
    • Travis Thomas #26 Running Back/ Linebacker CAPTAIN
    • Tom Zbikowski #9 Safety CAPTAIN

    This is an excellent group of veteran players. Here are a few tidbits about these Grad Students.

    • 8 of the 9 players were starters during the 2006 season.(Stephenson did not, but he may end up being this years Corey Mays).
    • 4 of these players are going to end their ND Career as 4 year starters.(Zibby, Wooden, Sullivan, and Laws).
    • 2 of the 3 Captains of the 2006 team are returning. (Zibby and Thomas).
    • All are quality guys and all should make considerable contributions to ND on and off the field.

    There are a lot of Domers out there that are getting a little zealous for the younger guys and have spurned the fact that these players are returning. If you think ND would be better off without them, go talk to a shrink. Why do we want them back?

    • As stated before, there are a lot of starters here. They are good enough to play and I believe defensive guys are in a better position than last year with Brown as the Defensive Coordinator.
    • Depth, depth, depth. You can never have enough.
    • The young guys are talented, but they could use another year of learning while still getting ample playing time just as Weis has done since he has been at ND.
    • Leadership. The more upperclassmen in football the better.
    • It helps all of these guys draft status (which is why they are all returning) which in turn is good for the program and the university as a whole.

    I am excited about these guys and I know they can help us win. It will be an exciting spring game… but I’ll get to that later.