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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.

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Two For One

May 28, 2008

The Irish depth chart gets a little shakeup this week. Defensive End Pat Kuntz and Tight End Will Yeatman are back with the Irish. Which is a huge. Most fans expected them to return, but nothing is final until it is… well, final. These two are returning as the most likely starters at their positions. (Yeatman plays a different type of TE than Ragone. Both will have ample playing time.)

The Irish do lose a player, however, in redshirt freshman ILB Aaron Nagel. Nagel has decided to transfer to another school as he felt that he was buried on the depth chart.

Here is a link to a free article at BlueAndGold.com about Nagel’s decision.

The only comment I have is a small warning. The Irish are walking into 2008 with 7 unused scholarships after Nagel leaves. People talk about how transfers are a sign of a healthy program… The lesser quality players leave and it opens up scholarships for more elite prospects. I call bullshit. Maybe in 2010 this is a viable answer, but not in 2008 after a 3-9 year and 7 schollies under the limit. We are not talking about a a soon to be junior that will never see the field. This is a soon to be sophomore with 4 years of eligibility left. It isn’t the end of the world and yes, Nagel would probably be buried on the depth chart come August, but you never know. I am glad that he is leaving on good terms and it doesn’t devastate the program, but I am not doing jumping jacks either. Depth wins championships ALL THE WAY DOWN.

Good luck to Aaron, who will be deciding to attend either Northwestern (where his brother will be a frosh), Vanderbilt, or Illinois.

Welcome back Pat and Will. Prepare for skunkbear hunting.

Doesn’t The Word "Depth", Imply Deep?

January 19, 2008

With the departure of Pat Kuntz this spring, and the future of Darrell Hand a question mark (Hand has been linked to rumors about heart problems that may end his football career) where do the Irish go to find its defensive lineman?

For argument sake, let’s take Hand out of the equation even though nothing has been officially announced. This leaves the Irish with only 6 scholarship players on the defensive line for the Spring game. That includes early enrollee Freshman, Sean Cwynar. Including Sean are: DE Paddy Mullen (JR), DE Justin Brown (5SR), NT Ian Williams (SO), DE Kallen Wade (JR), and offensive line covert DT Emeka Nwankwo (SO). Of these players, only Ian Williams and Justin Brown have started for the Irish and those were due to an injury pushing them into the lineup. Not very deep, is it? For the past few years, Notre Dame has had to use a rotation system with the offensive lineman and play them for both the Blue and Gold teams. It looks like this year, the defensive line might have to play the Iron man role. This does not look good for a defense looking to improve during the second year of Corwin Browns system.

There is hope on the way however. Come summer and fall, the Irish D-Line will be infused with more talent and youth. 3 more players will be suiting up and will be looking for significant playing time due to the lack of depth…and their own talent. DE Ethan Johnson, NT Brandon Newman, and DT Hafis Williams will be ready to go and might have that impact that Freshman All-American Ian Williams had last year. Plus, Kuntz might be able to return to ND as soon as this summer. That is starting to look a lot better. The Irish are still hammering away at possible commitments from two other D-Line prospects for the freshman class with signing day only 17 days away. DE Kapron Lewis-Moore is on campus right now, and DT Mike Martin will be visiting the Irish next weekend. Both are rated as 4 stars and could be impact recruits. The Irish already have their best D-line haul in almost two decades and it could be significantly better if one OR both commit to the Irish. We will have to wait and see.

Any way you look at the situation, the Irish should be in a lot better shape come Summer. In the meantime, watch the progression of the players at the Spring game. Hopefully, they will all improve and help create a real solution to a terrible problem. Doesn’t the word “depth” imply deep? Not quite yet, but soon.

Pat Kuntz Is Leaving…For Now

January 18, 2008

After weeks of rumors, it finally has come out in the open. Pat Kuntz is leaving ND for personal reasons. Here is the AP story. I will have my reaction on this in a post tomorrow.

Associated Press – January 17, 2008 5:24 PM ETSOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – Notre Dame starting nose tackle Pat Kuntz is not enrolled in school for the spring semester. He says he dropped out for “personal reasons.”The 6-foot-3, 285-pound junior from Indianapolis won’t elaborate on why he’s not at school. And the university can’t comment because of privacy laws.Kuntz says he plans to return to Notre Dame, possibly as early as this summer, and hopes to play for the Irish this fall.Kuntz started 10 games as the Irish went 3-9 last season, but missed the final two games with injuries. He tore ligaments in his left knee against Air Force and found out a back injury from the previous game against Navy was a cracked bone in his spine.