Notre Dame practiced for the first time at the facilities of Nova Southeastern University, which doubles as the practice facility for the Miami Dolphins. Many of the reports on the internet have been gleamed from a 15-minute period where media was able to view the team. Also available are the reports that the school has been putting out daily from UND.com.
Everett Golson appears to be a more vocal leader of the Offense. He demonstrated this in the “Tempo” drill that Notre Dame runs at almost every practice. Golson commanded the huddles. This is different than his behavior during the spring and fall camps. Golson is the key to Notre Dame winning the National Title. If he has stepped up as a leader on the Offensive side of the ball, it will only bode well for Notre Dame’s Offense on January 7th.
DaVaris Daniels appears to be back to 100-percent after suffering an injury against Boston College. He did not lose much upper body strength and looks like the same DaVaris Daniels that went down at Boston College. Daniels’ presence in the game will be critical for the Fighting Irish. He can stretch the field and may be one of Notre Dame’s most well-rounded Receivers.
Bob Diaco and Manti Te’o had a joint press conference today for several members of the media before practice. Some comments, of course, stood out more than others. Bob Diaco noted that Manti Te’o had elevated his game since the awards circuit. It is hard to believe that a player like Manti Te’o could work harder but apparently he has.
Notre Dame has two more practices before the National Title game on January 7th.