Notre Dame 99-to-0: No. 16 Deion Colzie, sophomore receiver
If Deion Colzie has a strong 2022, many of Notre Dame's greatest offensive worries will no longer be concerns. If he doesn't, the Irish have little elsewhere to turn.By the following September, still unable to visit South Bend due to the pandemic-induced recruiting dead period, Colzie chose the Irish over Tennessee.
A year ago my friend, and former Notre Dame Fighting Irish football player, Kory Minor introduced me to Jennifer Garrett and her Move the Ball book and podcast series. If you don’t know anything about Jen or who she is/what she does ... please check out the article I wrote on her last year: Move the Ball with Jennifer Garrett.
She just dropped a new podcast this week featuring none other than former Notre Dame tight end, Irv Smith. Irv spends some time with Jen on her podcast talking about how to turn your competitive nature into a career asset.
I’m sure you’re all quite familiar with Irv Smith Sr., but here’s a little bit about Irv: Irvin Smith Sr. is a retired NFL tight end who played college football at Notre Dame and was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round (20th overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft. During Irv’s seven seasons in the NFL, he played five years with the Saints, one season with the San Francisco 49ers, and one season with the Cleveland Browns. Irv also has a son who is currently playing in the NFL, Irv Smith Jr., who is a tight end with the Minnesota Vikings.
Notre Dame 99-to-0: No. 14 Bryce McFerson, freshman punter facing a Harvard challenge
Notre Dame did not expect to need a punter in 2022, so the fact that it is now debating between two to handle the workload is that much more impressive.NAME, IMAGE, LIKENESS It is not by accident that the name of McFerson’s specialist coach is in the background of his All-American graphic on Instagram. Chris Sailer Kicking may be the standard of working with preps kickers, and when they find success, it is appropriate they help publicize Sailer.
I’ve also written a couple of stories on Irv here at OneFootDown, and you can check them out here:
Throwback Thursday: Former Notre Dame Tight End, Irv Smith
Notre Dame Football Throwback Thursday: Irv Smith vs the Hoosiers
On Jen’s most recent episode of the Move the Ball Podcast, Irv Smith Sr. shares how his family’s passion for football and his competitive nature embedded within him the skills necessary to seize the opportunities of professional sports. Listen in as Jennifer and Irv discuss how football prepares you to persevere through life, the advantages of having a competitive attitude, and how to position yourself on a team to be an asset. Irv also discusses life after football and how he learned to identify opportunities both on and off the field.
Notre Dame 99-to-0: No. 15 Ryan Barnes, sophomore cornerback
Ryan Barnes found his way into Notre Dame's cornerback rotation in the Fiesta Bowl, perhaps suggesting the sophomore is already within the Irish two-deep this season.Or do you consider scholarship offers to be the better indicator? Then Barnes was a top-tier recruit, chased by Clemson, LSU, Oregon and USC, even though he is a Maryland native.
Here are a few soundbites from the interview:
What did competitive sports teach you about life/business?
“It’s not about being a good athlete, it’s about being a good person. (All of my coaches helped me realize one thing.) One day playing sports is going to be over, and you need to learn what sports can do for you, for the rest of your life. Sports teaches you how to persevere through life. We all know that life is full of ups and downs, and if you learn how to deal with those, you will be successful.”
When you were looking at colleges, what did you think Notre Dame could do for you?
“I met a guy named Rodney Culver on my recruiting visit. Rodney was a freshmen, and was fifth or sixth string on the depth chart at the time, and he told me, ‘if you come to Notre Dame, it’s not a matter of whether or not you’ll play a day in the NFL. The difference between Notre Dame and all of the other schools you’re looking at is Notre Dame will change your life as far as life after football. The resources, the networks, the things that Notre Dame people can and will do for you, are head and shoulders above any other school.’ Not one player at any of the other schools talked about one thing outside of football. And I can say today, everything Notre Dame said they would do for me, they’ve done tenfold.”
Notre Dame 99-to-0: No. 12 Tyler Buchner, sophomore starting QB
Any meniton of a quarterback competition at Notre Dame this August is disingenuous. Sophomore Tyler Buchner will start for the Irish, but expectations should still be managed.CAREER TO DATE Buchner took the field for the first time in the second game of his freshman season, working in a sub-package role even if former Irish head coach Brian Kelly insisted that was not the case. Buchner’s first career snap featured him taking the snap around the right side of the line for a 26-yard gain from deep inside Notre Dame’s own territory, part of rushing seven times for 68 yards against Toledo to help spur a stagnant Irish offense.
How was your transition out of the NFL?
“Believe it or not, I started my transition out of the NFL my first year in the NFL. In 1993 I was drafted by the New Orleans Saints, and I fell in love with a franchise called Smoothie King, and within one year I opened my first Smoothie King franchise in Scottsdale, Arizona. By the time I retired in 1999, I think I had five or six locations around the Scottsdale area as I knew that’s where I wanted to live after the NFL.”
Now I don’t want to give too much of the interview away, so please, go to Jen’s podcast and listen to Irv’s interview. How To Turn Your Competitive Nature into a Career Asset
(And thank you to Jen and Irv for the very gracious shoutout. I appreciate you both so much!)
Cheers & GO IRISH!
WVU's Neal Brown: 'High-level' QB J.T. Daniels 'an NFL prospect' .
Daniels has floundered in the college ranks. Just don't tell Neal Brown, who feels that Daniels already profiles as not just a top college football quarterback, but an NFL prospect as well. © Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Neal Brown had high praise for his new QB. Daniels has made the college football rounds, spending two seasons at USC as well as two at Georgia. He'll be a fifth-year junior for the Mountaineers in 2022, and Brown seems confident that not only can he overcome his history of injuries, but he can live up to his five-star recruiting rating. Daniels was the No.