Practice Report: 9/10

It was a beautiful day at the LaBar Practice Complex on Wednesday as Notre Dame had its third day of practice in preparation for its game against Michigan on Saturday. The Irish were dressed in full pads and the media was allowed to view the first 20 minutes of practice. IrishEyes was on hand for your report.

Wide receiver David Grimes was not at practice during the 20 minutes that the media was allowed in. Notre Dame SID Brian Hardin said that he was unaware of the reason for Grimes' absence. Grimes seemed fine at the press conference earlier on Wednesday and said that he was ready to go for Michigan, but we'll have to see how this turns out.

Defensive back Jashaad Gaines was also not at practice and is still at home dealing with a family matter.

Former Irish greats Chris Zorich and Reggie Brooks were in attendance.

As the offense and defense came together for the stretching period Barry Gallup and David Bruton exchanged a handshake, while James Aldridge and Kyle McCarthy celebrated as if they had scored a touchdown.

There does not seem to be any hard feelings between Aldridge and Charlie Weis after Aldridge saw no action against San Diego State. Weis walked by Aldridge when he was stretching and joked, "We've got some fresh legs over here."

Robby Parris sang during most of the stretching session, while Jimmy Clausen was very talkative. At one point Clausen shouted unprovoked to Gary Gray, "I'm fired up, G-squared."

As the team broke for individual drills, the positions went through the same agility drills that they always do.

The quarterbacks did linework, with Clausen stumbling during one rep, which caused an uproar among the rest of the quarterbacks. Clausen explained, "I was going quick though." As the media was leaving, the quarterbacks were getting their arms loose.

The wide receivers worked on their starts, catching the ball in traffic and blocking techniques. The running backs did agility drills over bags and worked on ball security. The offensive line practiced their blocking responsibilities against different fronts.

Defensively, the line practiced getting off the ball and changing directions. In preparation for Michigan's spread attack, the defensive line also practiced open field tackling and seemed to enjoy the drill since they rarely get to do that.

The linebackers practiced their angles and changing directions before working on using their hands to get off blocks. The defensive backs did their normal backpedal and breaking drills before working on angle tackling and stripping the football. As the media was leaving, the secondary was working on their responsibilities in zone coverage. Top Stories