Practice Report: 9/9

Tuesday was a beautiful day at the LaBar Practice Complex as the Notre Dame football team went through its second practice of the week in preparation for Michigan on Saturday. The Irish were dressed in full pads and the media was allowed to view the first 20 minutes. IrishEyes was there for your report.

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick was in attendance and greeted members of the media on his way in. Also there was former Notre Dame and NFL great Joe Montana to see his son, freshman walk-on Nate.

Speakers were placed in between the first and second fields ready to blast Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi on Charlie Weis' command.

The mood seemed light as George West and Robby Parris unveiled a new handshake while Jimmy Clausen and quarterbacks coach Ron Powlus shared a laugh in regard to Clausen's mobility outside of the pocket in Saturday's opener against San Diego State.

Freshman linebacker Darius Fleming thought it was hot, but Weis came over to straighten him out.

"It doesn't get any better than this," Weis said. "It doesn't get any better than this. I could be here hanging out with you guys or I could be at home with my wife giving me a Honey-Do list. You guys will find out for yourselves one day so don't laugh."

The team broke from stretching into agility drills by position with constantly moving around to see the action.

The offensive line worked on hitting the sled and staying low. Left tackle Michael Turkovich continued to do form running and stretching under the eye of strength coach Ruben Mendoza during the media portion of practice. There was no noticeable injury from my viewpoint and he seemed to be moving around just fine, but this is something to keep an eye on.

The tight ends practiced ball security and one-on-one blocking techniques. The running backs ran over bags and worked on ball security and blocking. The quarterbacks did linework before working on drops and getting their arms loose.

The wide receivers started with the figure-eight drill. Michael Floyd seems energized by his touchdown catch on Saturday because he was screaming during his reps and was easily the loudest player at practice at the time. The wideouts then practiced catching and cutting before working on blocking techniques.

The defensive backs did their normal backpedal and break drills before working on angle tackling and getting off blocks.

The defensive linemen went through a drill to work on agility and changing directions before practicing to use their arms against offensive linemen.

The linebackers practiced taking the right angle to the ball before angle tackling and then getting off of blocks. Weis popped up as the linebackers were working on getting off blocks and gave Harrison Smith a hard time.

"That's a love tap 22," Weis said.

Jon Tenuta got into the action on Smith's next rep saying, "Oh, we must have a safety over here." Top Stories