Practice Report: 11/25

The Irish began their preparations for Saturday's game against Southern Cal by practicing inside the Loftus Sports Center on Tuesday. The Irish were dressed in full pads and the media was allowed to view the first 20 minutes. As always, Irish Eyes was there for your report.

For what it's worth, the Irish certainly had more emotion at the start of practice on Tuesday than they have had following any other loss this season.

Charlie Weis said earlier in the day that he hoped to get both right guard Chris Stewart and cornerback Terrail Lambert back for the weekend, but judging from the first 20 minutes of practice this week, he may have to settle for one of the two.

Lambert took his usual spot alongside Kyle McCarthy, David Bruton and Raeshon McNeil with the first group of defensive backs up for agilities, but took himself out after just three reps of backpedals. Lambert did not remove his helmet, did not take a seat and may have returned to action after the initial 20 minutes, but it was obvious that his left knee is not close to 100% yet.

Meanwhile, Stewart was back and looking healthy at his position down on the offensive side.

It was clear that the offense is wasting no time to get things turned around. Weis looked on as Mike Haywood, John Latina and Bernie Parmalee put the offense, minus the receivers and quarterbacks, through run game drills.

Notre Dame showed more Wildcat looks and Weis and Haywood each pulled Robert Hughes aside to explain when to use and not use a jab step.

After being spelled by Thomas Bemenderfer for a couple of plays, left guard Eric Olsen came over to ask Weis a question about who he should block on a particular play and Weis instructed him to watch Stewart on the opposite side on the next play.

The quarterbacks just worked on getting their arms loose while the receivers practiced their starts and catching balls through the gauntlet.

The linebackers worked on angle tackling while the defensive linemen practiced getting to the football before working on using their arms against defenders.


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