What did I miss? Flo-ri-da my home sweet home I wanna give you a kiss. I’ve travelled the whole Midwest and came back to this. So what did I miss?
For those confused by the opening lines, I was alluding to the Broadway musical Hamilton. If you haven’t seen it yet (presumably because of the cost of tickets) I would recommend checking out the album on Spotify, which contains all of the songs from the play.
Anyways, what was I going to talk about? Ah, yes, the illustrious Citrus Bowl. How could I forget?
Notre Dame will play LSU in the Citrus Bowl on Monday, January 1st at 1:00pm ET. The game will be played in Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL. I imagine the Irish players and staff are elated to be spending time down in Florida this time of year.
Chances are most of us will be recovering from from NYE events when this game kicks off. Break out your most reliable hangover elixir (for me it’s Emergen-C and McDonald’s) and tune in because after this, Notre Dame football goes away for 243 days. *wipes away single tear*
If you haven’t followed Notre Dame football news since the team’s regular season finale at Stanford, you missed a few things. Here is what happened:
- Kevin Stepherson and CJ Holmes arrested for shoplifting (both suspended indefinitely).
- Kevin Stepherson charged with possession of marijuana, speeding, and driving with an invalid license.
- Alize Mack suspended for violation of team rules.
- Chase Claypool and Brock Wright both suffered shoulder injuries during practice that will require surgery.
- Deon McIntosh suspended for violation of team rules.
- Notre Dame’s 2018 recruiting class is up to 22 commits and is ranked in the top-7 on both 247 Sports and Rivals.
Take a minute to digest all of that.
Clearly the most surprising thing on that list is the number of players that have been suspended. Kevin Stepherson has had his share of problems during his time at Notre Dame. The sophomore wide receiver sat out the first four games of this season as part of a disciplinary measure. These recent incidents will most likely result in Stepherson being dismissed from the team.
Losing Deon McIntosh and CJ Holmes for the bowl game shouldn’t hurt the Irish offense too much. With the additional time off, the running back trio of Josh Adams, Dexter Williams, and Tony Jones Jr. should all be available and healthy.
The hit to the receiving core, however, is much more significant. The Irish offense currently ranks 107th nationally in Yards Per Attempt. Losing pass-catchers the likes of Claypool, Stepherson, and Mack is the last thing this offense needed. The three of them have combined for 67 catches, 927 yards, and 8 TDs this season. One bright spot is that Cam Smith has been cleared and will be available for the bowl game.
Let’s wrap this article up on a positive note by taking a look at recruiting.
Notre Dame’s coaching staff has done an excellent job on the recruiting trail to close out the year. The first ever early signing period was December 20th – December 22nd. During that window, the Irish signed 21 players to the 2018 class. In addition to that, they received a commitment from offensive lineman Luke Jones, who is set to sign during the regular signing period in 2018. Notre Dame’s class is currently ranked in the top-7 on both 247 and Rivals.
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