Practice Report: 11/20

With the snow swirling and temperatures diving outside, the Notre Dame football team practiced inside the Loftus Sports Center on Thursday. The Irish were dressed in shorts and shells as they wrap up preparations for Syracuse. The media was allowed to view the first 20 minutes and Irish Eyes was there.

It was reported that offensive coordinator Mike Haywood left the team this week to interview for the head coaching job at Washington and he missed his second straight day of practice Thursday.

The tempo seemed to pick up on Thursday despite the absence of any music. There was just a lot more chatter.

It was unclear who shouted, ‘Man, it's my last home game,' during form running until it was followed by Golden Tate's, ‘…of my sophomore year.'

Ron Powlus and Brian Polian talked to Jimmy Clausen and Evan Sharpley about Syracuse teams of the past with Clausen saying that his brother Casey played against Dwight Freeney when he was at Syracuse.

Sergio Brown shouted over to Sharpley to inquire about the backup quarterback's outfit for what could be his final pep rally at Notre Dame. Sharpley told Brown that everything was homemade and Brown said, ‘E-Sharp is going to look sharp.'

Charlie Weis brought the quarterbacks and running backs together to work on some run game and screen stuff in Haywood's absence. The Irish worked on some runs that we have not seen much of this year. It was interesting to watch Weis teach about the screen game and the balance between patience and getting open.

The wide receivers worked on their starts and catching the ball. Deion Walker's basketball background definitely shows when he goes up to get the ball at its highest point.

The tight ends worked on securing the ball and catching. I said yesterday day that Joseph Fauria looked like he has made improvements as a run blocker and today it appeared that he has made similar strides as a route-runner. Mike Ragone was dressed but did nothing other than play catch with director of football personnel Tim McDonnell.

The offensive line was working on different assignments against different looks and moving in space.

The defensive line did agilities and worked on different one-on-one moves to get past opponents. Jon Tenuta had the linebackers working on intercepting passes while Corwin Brown put the secondary through drills to test backpedaling abilities. Top Stories