Practice Report: 4/8

It was sunny and warm in South Bend on Wednesday afternoon and the wind was just light enough to allow the Notre Dame football team to have its 12th practice of the spring outside. The Irish were in full gear and the media was allowed in for the first 20 minutes.

There was a full official crew on hand for a scrimmage to take place later in practice, but the media was not around for that.

Evanston (Ill.) Loyola Academy defensive end Chance Carter was at practice. During stretching, Charlie Weis called over defensive line coach Randy Hart and graduate assistant Bryant Young and instructed them to go introduce themselves to Carter. After stretching, Weis stopped to chat with Carter himself and when Weis was done, strength and conditioning coach Ruben Mendoza spoke with him.

Not present at practice today were center Dan Wenger, defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore and defensive backs Darrin Walls and E.J. Banks. Again, Taylor Dever, Trevor Robinson, Darius Fleming, Anthony McDonald and George West did not dress in full pads. The Notre Dame baseball team did not have a game on Wednesday and Golden Tate joined his football teammates at practice.

Weis was not pleased with the way his team started the stretching period off and set them all back to the end zones and made them sprint back toward midfield again.

"If that's what we're going to get today, it's going to be a long day out here," he shouted. "If that's what we're going to get, it's going to be a long day."

Some interesting conversations on the offensive side of stretching between quarterbacks Jimmy Clausen and Dayne Crist and receivers Michael Floyd, Robby Parris, Duval Kamara and John Goodman.

I did not hear what started it, but the group was discussing the merits of their high school football teams and Floyd looked down at Parris and said, "Where are you from? You don't play nobody."

Clausen jumped in later to ask Floyd about his nickname (sorry I didn't catch it). Clausen said that quarterbacks coach Ron Powlus wanted to know why that was his nickname. After Floyd gave some unsatisfactory answers, he just said, "If you already know, why are you asking?"

It was all in fun and they were all laughing.

The defense started with the pursuit drill with John Ryan filling in for Lewis-Moore and Robert Blanton and Raeshon McNeil starting at corner without Walls present. Sergio Brown came in as the Nickel back. One thing that was added to the pursuit drill today was that the defensive coaches signaled in specific play calls to the defense in addition to the formation.

Michael Golic continues to fill in for Wenger at center with the first unit. Today, Frank Verducci had his charges working on pushing defenders with a drill that starts with the offensive player already engaged.

Tight ends coach Bernie Parmalee implored his players to trust him as he threw them balls before they ran through the gauntlet of other tight ends.

"All you've got to do is put your hands out," he said. "Trust Coach. I'm going to hit you in stride."

Joseph Fauria stepped up and said, "I trust you Coach."

Parmalee then took some extra time to go over blocking in preparation for the Irish Eyes drill and the scrimmage.

Floyd and Kamara look close to 100 percent after missing time with leg injuries. Kamara still has a brace on his arm, but his legs look fine.


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