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Notre Dame Signs 23 Recruits for 2014 Class

February 5th, 2014 at 12:55 PM
By Nick Gill

National Signing Day is in full force, where teams reload their roster for the future. Notre Dame has done so, grabbing 23 recruits in their 2014 class. With so many key players jumping to the NFL, the Fighting Irish have stocked the cupboard with one of the best recruiting classes in the country.

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ESPN ranks the Notre Dame class 11th this year. That could waver a spot or two as some players continue to commit to different top tier programs around the country. However, Notre Dame has locked in the 23 man class with every one of them submitting their letters.

The focus of Brian Kelly's recruiting class is defensive with 13 of the 23 commits on that side of the ball. Notre Dame went strong after defensive tackles because of the loss of Louis Nix. They signed five at the position to give new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder talent to work with. One of the highest Notre Dame recruits is inside linebacker Nyles Morgan, who will pair nicely with last year's freshman Jaylon Smith on the outside. The Irish landed two other excellent linebacker prospects, trying to re-create a strength on their Nation Championship run two years ago.

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Notre Dame TE Troy Niklas Declares for 2014 NFL Draft

January 10th, 2014 at 10:45 AM
By Nick Gill

The hits keep on coming to the Notre Dame 2014 season with another huge contributor declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft. This time it is tight end Troy Niklas who will forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

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Si.com first reported Niklas had made the decision through his father, Don. Niklas really came on this season for the Irish as a pass catcher and blocker. He made the leap from five receptions as a sophomore to 32 catches for 498 yards and five touchdowns this year. He became a favorite target of quarterback Tommy Rees, especially in the middle of the field. He is a terrific blocking tight end which is one reason he received a second round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory board.

Niklas will be the latest in the Notre Dame factory of tight ends playing in the NFL. Tyler Eifert, John Carlson, Anthony Fasano, and Kyle Rudolph are all Notre Dame products making their way in the league.

The beginning of 2014 has not been kind to the Irish. Niklas joins defensive linemen Stephon Tuitt and Louis Nix as well as running back George Atkinson III as players leaving early for the 2014 NFL Draft. The team has also suspended wide receiver DeVaris Daniels for the spring semester. He has vowed to re-enroll and play next season.

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Notre Dame WR DaVaris Daniels Suspended for Academic Issue

January 9th, 2014 at 6:10 PM
By Nick Gill

Notre Dame is off to a rocky start this offseason after defeating Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl. Quarterback Everett Golson missed the season because of cheating and now wide receiver DaVaris Daniels is suspended for the semester with an academic issue.

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Daniels confirmed the semester suspension to ESPN's Matt Fortuna and intends to re-enroll in the summer and play next season. Here is the statement he released to ESPN.com:

“I understand that attending the University of Notre Dame is a privilege and with that comes a certain level of academic responsibility," Daniels said. "Therefore, I will not be attending Notre Dame in the spring semester but fully expect to re-enroll in the summer semester to earn my degree and continue playing football for the Irish.”

Daniels is coming off his best season for the Fighting Irish with 49 receptions for 745 yards and seven touchdowns. The junior wideout averaged 15.2 yards per catch and had the longest touchdown catch of the year (82 yards). He was supposed to be part of an Irish offense that has real potential for 2014. Golson will be back along with running backs Tarean Folston, Cam McDaniel and Greg Bryant as well as tight ends Troy Niklas and Ben Koyack. Daniels would be the leading receiver coming back for Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame DE Stephon Tuitt to Enter 2014 NFL Draft

January 6th, 2014 at 12:24 PM
By Nick Gill

The Notre Dame defense received a blow with defensive end Stephon Tuitt declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft. He will forgo his senior season to test himself in the NFL.

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Sports Illustrated first reported that Tuitt will enter the draft. He will leave a sizable void along the Fighting Irish defensive front, which also loses defensive tackle Louis Nix. Both were huge parts of Notre Dame's national title run last season and both are possible first round selections in April.

Tuitt leaves Notre Dame with 21.5 career sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss. In 2012, he amassed 12 sacks which was 1.5 shy of now New York Giants' defensive end Justin Tuck's school record and three shy of his career record for sacks.

To start the 2013 season Tuitt was slowed by offseason sports hernia surgery and came into the season heavy. The 6'6", 320 pound end played his way back into shape and flourished as the year went forward. He recorded six sacks in the regular season and added 1.5 in the Pinstripe Bowl win against Rutgers.

The void left by Tuitt and Nix will be significant. Notre Dame will look to get more contributions from Jarron Jones and Sheldon Day, who both saw plenty of time this year.

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FightClub.com, Now the Official Fantasy Football Game of Sports Media 101; Sign-Up Free, Win Big

September 28th, 2013 at 9:05 AM
By Sports Media 101

Sports Media 101 Inc. is proud to announce an official, and exclusive, fantasy football partnership with FightClub.com.

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