Practice Report: 10/9

After a couple of cool days, it's starting to feel like summer again as the Notre Dame football team was out at the Labar Practice Complex Thursday for its final day of work before heading to North Carolina for a Saturday matchup with the Tar Heels. The Irish were dressed in shorts and shells and the media was allowed to view the first 20 minutes. As always, Irish Eyes was there for your report.

Thursday is music day at Notre Dame and Pastor Troy, Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi were heard at practice again. The music always puts a little something extra in the team's step and Thursday was no different. Receiver David Grimes and safety David Bruton swapped sides during stretching. Grimes partnered up with Sergio Brown on the defensive side while Bruton stretched with walk-on receiver Michael Garcia and the offense.

Brian Smith and Justin Brown are the funniest stretching partners with all of their singing, dancing and joke cracking.

As the team broke into individuals, Charlie Weis remained at midfield so that he could see everything that the offensive position groups were doing.

The running backs got in and out of drills quickly, working on blocking, cutting and catching. Armando Allen looks completely healthy and the only sign of an ankle injury is tape.

The offensive line and tight ends worked on different blocking assignments and schemes against different fronts. Like Allen, left tackle Michael Turkovich is not showing any lingering signs from his leg injury against Stanford.

The wide receivers worked on ball security and catching before doing the one-hand grab drill. While Michael Floyd makes the drill look very easy, Grimes also routinely makes the one-handed catches with ease. The quarterbacks just worked on getting their arms loose.

The defensive backs practiced their backpedals, inside-outside tackling drills, defending passes and stripping the football.

The linebackers worked on getting downhill and picking off passes. The young linebackers like Anthony McDonald, David Posluszny and Steven Filer are all very athletic options for the Irish in the future.

The defensive line worked on swim moves and getting off the ball. The Will linebacker position is unique as Kerry Neal, John Ryan, Darius Fleming and Kallen Wade start off with the defensive line before going off on their own.


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