Notre Dame Football took to the field for their first practice of the season at the Culver Academies. The Irish, by NCAA rule, donned only helmets, practice jerseys and shorts. The Irish began practice with their customary drills like the tempo drill. Not a ton of information can be gleaned from these videos. However, it can tell viewers who the Irish coaches are favoring. In other words, it can clearly show who the starters, backups and reserves are. It may also show who is ready to stand out. However, it is very important to remember that skillfully edited videos do not always reflect what actually occurred during a two-hour practice. It may just show one great play out of twenty bad plays.
Over the next few weeks, the Fighting Irish will battle for positions, build chemistry and develop leadership. At least, hopefully, they will create the later two. These two attributes are crucial for a success season. Leadership and chemistry were cornerstones to Notre Dame’s success in 2012. As usual, the University posts a few videos of the practice and interviews. Stay tuned to Slap the Sign throughout August for updates and breakdowns on fall camp. Here are the videos for your viewing pleasure:
FB Practice Report – Aug. 4
Coach Kelly Post Practice – Aug. 4
Sheldon Day Interview – Aug. 4