2014 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

The 2014 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Brian Kelly and played its home games at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. They compete as an independent.

The Irish started the season with a 6–0 record, ranked as high as No. 5 in both the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll, but had a collapse in the second half of the season, losing five of their last six games to finish the regular season at 7–5. Notre Dame's defense suffered significant injuries and yielded over 41 points per game over those six games. For the first time in school history, the Irish gave up thirty points or more in seven consecutive contests.

Despite the disappointing season the Irish finished on a high note, upsetting the heavily favored LSU Tigers (8 point favorites) in the Music City Bowl, 31–28. Kicker Kyle Brindza kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired. This was the first win by Notre Dame over a Southeastern Conference (SEC) team since beating the University of Tennessee Volunteers in 2005. This is also Notre Dame's first win over a ranked opponent in a bowl game since 1993, where they defeated No. 6 Texas A&M.

2014 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo
Music City Bowl champion
Music City Bowl, W 31–28 vs. LSU
ConferenceIndependent
2014 record8–5
Head coachBrian Kelly (5th season)
Offensive coordinatorMike Denbrock (1st as coordinator; 5th overall season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorBrian VanGorder (1st season)
Base defense3–4 multiple
CaptainCam McDaniel
CaptainNick Martin
CaptainAustin Collinsworth
CaptainSheldon Day
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium
(Capacity: 80,795)
2014 Division I FBS independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
BYU               8 5  
Notre Dame               8 5  
Navy               8 5  
Army               4 8  
Rankings from AP Poll

Before the season

Previous season

The Fighting Irish finished the 2013 regular season with an 8–4 record. They beat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 29–16 in the 2013 Pinstripe Bowl.

2014 NFL Draft

The following former Notre Dame players were selected in the 2014 NFL Draft:

Round Selection Player Position Team
1 16 Zack Martin Offensive Tackle Dallas Cowboys
2 46 Stephon Tuitt Defensive End Pittsburgh Steelers
2 52 Troy Niklas Tight End Arizona Cardinals
3 83 Louis Nix Defensive Tackle Houston Texans
3 89 Chris Watt Offensive Guard San Diego Chargers
4 139 Prince Shembo Outside Linebacker Atlanta Falcons
6 188 Bennett Jackson Cornerback New York Giants
6 189 T. J. Jones Wide Receiver Detroit Lions

Transfers out / departures

Stephon Tuitt, Louis Nix, Troy Niklas and George Atkinson III all chose to forgo their final year of eligibility and enter the 2014 NFL Draft. On April 4, 2014, sophomore cornerback Rashad Kinlaw was dismissed from the team due to violation of team rules. He subsequently left the university following his dismissal from the football program.[1]

Transfers in

Cody Riggs, a defensive back at Florida, announced he would transfer to Notre Dame in June after he received his degree in May 2014. He would be enrolled in a graduate studies program while exhausting his final season of eligibility.[2]

Coaching changes

Chuck Martin left to become the head coach of the Miami RedHawks.[3] Bob Diaco departed to become the head coach of the Connecticut Huskies.[4] Brian VanGorder, formerly the linebackers coach of the NFL's New York Jets, was hired to be the new defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.[5] Matt LaFleur, formerly the quarterbacks coach of the NFL's Washington Redskins, was hired to be the new quarterbacks coach.[6] Mike Denbrock was promoted to offensive coordinator, filling the void left by Martin.[7]

Recruiting class

Brian Kelly received 23 commitments in his fourth full recruiting class including two five-stars: linebacker Nyles Morgan and offensive tackle Quenton Nelson. The class included student-athletes from 14 states.

Personnel

Coaching staff

Name Position Year at Notre Dame Alma mater (Year)
Brian Kelly Head coach 5th Assumption (1982)
Mike Denbrock Offensive coordinator/wide receivers 5th Grand Valley State (1987)
Brian VanGorder Defensive coordinator/inside linebackers 1st Wayne State (1980)
Harry Hiestand Offensive line/run game coordinator 3rd East Stroudsburg (1983)
Scott Booker Tight ends/special teams coordinator 3rd Kent State (2003)
Tony Alford Running backs/recruiting coordinator 6th Colorado State (1992)
Kerry Cooks Defensive backs 5th Iowa (2000)
Mike Elston Defensive line 5th Michigan (1998)
Bob Elliott Outside linebackers 3rd Iowa (1976)
Matt LaFleur Quarterbacks 1st Saginaw Valley State (2002)
Paul Longo Director of football strength and conditioning 5th Wayne State (1981)

Roster

The roster is current as of October 8, 2014.

2014 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football Roster - und.com

Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

  • 11 Justin Brent – Freshman
  • 2 Chris Brown – Junior
  • 35 Cam Bryan – Junior
  • 3 Amir Carlisle – Senior
  • 87 Keenan Centlivre – Freshman
  • 10 DaVaris DanielsSenior
  • 7 Will FullerSophomore
  • 39 Luke Hamel – Freshman
  • 15 Corey Holmes – Freshman
  • 81 Omar Hunter – Sophomore
  • 16 Torii Hunter, Jr. – Sophomore
  • 37 Eric Lee – Senior
  • 20 C. J. ProsiseJunior
  • 88 Corey RobinsonSophomore
  • 86 Buster Sheridan – Sophomore
  • 83 Austin Webster – Freshman

Tight Ends

  • 9 Mike Heuerman – Sophomore
  • 18 Ben KoyackSenior
  • 13 Tyler Luatua – Freshman
  • 80 Durham SmytheSophomore
  • 84 Ben Suttman – Sophomore
  • 82 Nic Weishar – Freshman
 

Offensive Lineman

  • 71 Alex Bars – Freshman
  • 70 Hunter Bivin – Sophomore
  • 63 Sam Bush – Freshman
  • 67 Jimmy Byrne – Freshman
  • 79 Steve Elmer – Sophomore
  • 65 Conor Hanratty – Senior
  • 75 Mark Harrell – Junior
  • 74 Christian Lombard – Graduate Student
  • 68 Mike McGlincheySophomore
  • 62 Colin McGovern – Sophomore
  • 60 John Montelus – Sophomore
  • 53 Sam Mustipher – Freshman
  • 56 Quenton NelsonFreshman
  • 78 Ronnie StanleyJunior

Centers

Defensive Lineman

  • 92 Grant Blankenship – Freshman
  • 55 Jonathan Bonner – Freshman
  • 75 Daniel Cage – Freshman
  • 91 Sheldon DayJunior
  • 95 Marquis Dickerson – Sophomore
  • 93 Jay Hayes – Freshman
  • 50 Chase Hounshell – Senior
  • 94 Jarron Jones – Junior
  • 64 Ryan Kilander – Freshman
  • 73 Scott Kingsley – Sophomore
  • 89 Jacob Matuska – Sophomore
  • 97 Patrick Mazza – Sophomore
  • 96 Peter Mokwuah – Freshman
  • 45 Romeo OkwaraJunior
  • 56 Anthony Rabasa – Senior
  • 90 Isaac RochellSophomore
  • 98 Andrew Trumbetti – Freshman
  • 53 Justin Utupo – Graduate Student
  • 11 Ishaq WilliamsSenior
  • 33 Jhonny Williams – Freshman
 

Linebackers

  • 30 Ben Councell – Senior
  • 42 Michael Deeb – Sophomore
  • 59 Jarrett Grace – Senior
  • 43 Kolin Hill – Freshman
  • 52 Austin Larkin – Sophomore
  • 48 Greer Martini – Freshman
  • 8 Kendall Moore – Graduate Student
  • 5 Nyles Morgan – Freshman
  • 17 James OnwualuSophomore
  • 44 Doug Randolph – Sophomore
  • 38 Joe Schmidt – Senior
  • 9 Jaylon SmithSophomore
  • 31 John Turner – Junior

Cornerbacks

  • 43 Josh Atkinson – Senior
  • 34 Jesse Bongiovi – Sophomore
  • 21 Jalen Brown – Senior
  • 12 Devin Butler – Sophomore
  • 40 Connor Cavalaris – Senior
  • 41 Matthias FarleySenior
  • 35 Grant Hammann – Freshman
  • 36 Cole LukeSophomore
  • 2 Cody RiggsGraduate Student
  • 6 KeiVarae RussellJunior
  • 19 Nick Watkins – Freshman

Safeties

  • 29 Nicky Baratti – Junior
  • 28 Austin Collinsworth – Graduate Student
  • 4 Eilar Hardy – Senior
  • 46 Eamon McOsker – Junior
  • 36 Tyler Price – Sophomore
  • 39 Drew Recker – Sophomore
  • 10 Max Redfield – Sophomore
  • 22 Elijah Shumate – Junior
  • 42 Ernie Soto – Senior
  • 23 Drue TranquillFreshman
 

Kickers/Punters

  • 27 Kyle BrindzaSenior
  • 43 John Chereson – Sophomore
  • 85 Tyler Newsome – Freshman

Long Snappers

  • 61 Scott DalyJunior
  • 99 Hunter Smith – Junior

Season

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 303:30 p.m.RiceNo. 17NBCW 48–1780,795
September 67:30 p.m.MichiganNo. 16
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN (rivalry)
NBCW 31–080,795
September 137:30 p.m.vs. PurdueNo. 11NBCW 30–1456,832
September 278:00 p.m.vs. SyracuseNo. 8ABCW 31–1576,802
October 43:30 p.m.No. 14 StanfordNo. 9
NBCW 17–1480,795
October 113:30 p.m.North CarolinaNo. 6
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN
NBCW 50–4380,795
October 188:00 p.m.at No. 2 Florida StateNo. 5ABCL 27–3182,431
November 18:00 p.m.vs. NavyNo. 6CBSW 49–3936,807
November 83:30 p.m.at No. 11 Arizona StateNo. 8ABCL 31–5565,870
November 153:30 p.m.NorthwesternNo. 18
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN (rivalry)
NBCL 40–43 OT80,795
November 223:30 p.m.Louisville
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN
NBCL 28–3180,795
November 293:30 p.m.at USCFoxL 14–4979,586
December 303:00 p.m.vs. No. 23 LSUESPNW 31–2860,149

Game summaries

Rice

Rice at Notre Dame
1 234Total
Owls 7 307 17
No. 17 Fighting Irish 14 141010 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–0 1988 ND, 54–11

Michigan

Michigan at Notre Dame
(Rivalry)
1 234Total
Wolverines 0 000 0
No. 16 Fighting Irish 7 1473 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
16–24–1 2013 MICH, 41–30

In what looks to be the final meeting between Notre Dame and Michigan, Notre Dame defeated Michigan, 31–0, giving the Irish their most lopsided win against the Wolverines. The game ended Michigan's NCAA record of consecutive games without being shut out. (The Wolverines were last shut out in 1984 versus Iowa). Michigan turned the ball over four times, while Notre Dame had no turnovers. Michigan never reached the red zone in this game. Everett Golson went 23 for 34, throwing for 226 yards and three touchdowns for the Irish. Notre Dame went to 2–0 on the year.

Purdue

Notre Dame vs Purdue
(Shillelagh Trophy / Shamrock Series)
1 234Total
Boilermakers 7 700 14
No. 11 Fighting Irish 7 1076 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
57–26–2 2013 ND, 31–24

Syracuse

Notre Dame vs Syracuse
1 234Total
No. 8 Fighting Irish 0 14710 31
Orange 0 3012 15
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–3 2008 CUSE, 24–23

Stanford

Stanford at Notre Dame
(Legends Trophy)
1 234Total
No. 14 Cardinal 7 007 14
No. 9 Fighting Irish 0 7010 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
18–10 2013 STAN, 27–20

With 1:09 left in the game and Notre Dame facing a 4th and 11 from Stanford's 23 yard line, Everett Golson finds a wide open Ben Koyack in the corner of the endzone to lift Notre Dame over Stanford 17–14. Stanford, the country's number one defense, had been giving up just 198 total yards of offense a game, but Notre Dame piled up 370 yards. Despite the Irish offense moving the ball, multiple mistakes including botched field goal snaps and turnovers in the red zone kept the game close throughout. Notre Dame's defense was dominant, giving up just 204 total yards and had two interceptions. Further, the Irish defense held Stanford to 47 yards rushing – Stanford's fewest rush yards in a game since 2007. With the win, Notre Dame moves to 5–0.

North Carolina

North Carolina at Notre Dame
1 234Total
Tar Heels 14 12107 43
No. 6 Fighting Irish 7 21715 50
Overall record Last meeting Result
16–2 2008 UNC, 29–24

The 6th ranked Irish held off the North Carolina Tar Heels to win in a shootout 50–43. After trailing 14–0 in the 1st, the Irish found some rhythm to score 21 points in a row to take a 21–14 lead. The win marked the first time the Irish put up 50 points against a non-academy team since beating Stanford 57–7 in 2003.

Florida State

Notre Dame at Florida State
(Rivalry)
1 234Total
No. 5 Fighting Irish 7 1073 27
No. 2 Seminoles 7 3147 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–5 2011 FSU, 18–14

The Irish, who were double digit underdogs, looked to score the game-winning touchdown with :13 left after Everett Golson found a wide open Corey Robinson in the endzone. But the Irish were flagged for a pass interference penalty which took the touchdown away and pushed Notre Dame back 10 yards. Irish turned the ball over on the next play. The penalty, although correctly called by officials, was considered controversial by some[8] in a game many consider the game of the year between two top 5 teams. Everett Golson showed why many consider him a Heisman candidate by completing 31 of 52 passes for 313 yards and throwing for 3 touchdowns.

Navy

Notre Dame vs Navy
(Rip Miller Trophy)
1 234Total
No. 6 Fighting Irish 14 14021 49
Midshipmen 7 10148 39
Overall record Last meeting Result
74–12–1 2013 ND, 38–34

Arizona State

Notre Dame at Arizona State
1 234Total
No. 8 Fighting Irish 3 7714 31
No. 11 Sun Devils 17 17021 55
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–0 2013 ND, 37–34

1st quarter scoring: ND – Kyle Brindza 46-yard field goal; ASU – Zane Gonzalez, 47-yard field goal; ASU – Jaelen Strong 13-yard pass from Taylor Kelly (Gonzalez kick); ASU – Demario Richard 1-yard run (Gonzalez kick)

2nd quarter scoring: ASU – Damarious Randall 59-yard interception (Gonzalez kick); ASU – Cameron Smith 43-yard pass from Kelly (Gonzalez kick); ASU – Gonzalez, 28-yard field goal; ND – Will Fuller 9-yard pass from Everett Golden (Brindza kick)

3rd quarter scoring:

Northwestern

Northwestern at Notre Dame
(Rivalry)
1 234OTTotal
Wildcats 9 143143 43
No. 15 Fighting Irish 20 7760 40
Overall record Last meeting Result
37–8–2 1995 NW, 17–15

Louisville

Louisville at Notre Dame
1 234Total
Cardinals 14 377 31
Fighting Irish 3 3148 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

For the first time in the history of Notre Dame football, the Irish have given up 30 points or more in six straight game. And for the second week in a row, a missed field goal by kicker Kyle Brindza late in the game dooms the Irish. Notre Dame is now 1–4 in the last 5 games after starting 6–0.

USC

Notre Dame at USC
(Jeweled Shillelagh)
1 234Total
Fighting Irish 0 770 14
Trojans 21 14140 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
45–35–5 2013 ND, 14–10

LSU (Music City Bowl)

Notre Dame vs LSU
(Music City Bowl)
1 234Total
Fighting Irish 7 1473 31
No. 23 Tigers 7 7140 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–5 2007 LSU, 41–14

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP 17 16 11 9 8 9 6 5 7 6 8 15 RV NR NR NR RV 
Coaches 17 15 11 9 8 8 5 5 8 7 8 16 RV RV NR NR RV 
CFP Not released 10 10 18 NR NR NR NR Not released

Postseason

Awards

All-Americans

Name AP AFCA FWAA TSN WCFF Athlon CBS ESPN FOX Scout SI.com USAT
Will Fuller, RE HM
Jaylon Smith, LB 2 3
†denotes unanimous selection. NCAA recognizes a selection to all five of the AP, AFCA, FWAA, SN and WCFF 1st teams for unanimous selections and three of five for consensus selections       

References

  1. ^ Rashad Kinlaw dismissed from Notre Dame football program
  2. ^ University of Florida transfer will join the Irish program in June
  3. ^ Miami hires Notre Dame OC Chuck Martin
  4. ^ Bob Diaco agrees to take UCONN Huskies job
  5. ^ Irish officially hire Jets' VanGorder
  6. ^ LaFleur To Notre Dame Archived 2014-01-27 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Mike Denbrock Named Notre Dame Offensive Coordinator
  8. ^ Controversial Pass Interference Penalty cost ND Game
2015 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

The 2015 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Brian Kelly and played its home games at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. They competed as an independent.

The 2015 Fighting Irish squad was arguably the most explosive offense that Brian Kelly has coached at Notre Dame. During the regular season, the Irish were one of twenty-one schools in the country to average 200 or more passing yards and rushing yards per game. The Irish had fourteen plays of over 50 yards during the season, which ranked 13th in the country and was a school record. They also had two touchdowns of over 90 yards, (a 91-yard touchdown run by C.J. Prosise and a 98-yard touchdown run by Josh Adams). The Irish only had two in the previous 126 years of Notre Dame football. The running game was dominant. The 5.76 yards per carry were fifth in the country. They finished the regular season averaging 34 points per game, including a 62-point effort against UMass, the most points in a game since 1996.

The Irish were defeated by Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl by a score of 44–28.

US college sports recruiting information for 2014 recruits
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Alex Bars
OT
Nashville, TN Montgomery Bell Academy 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 290 lb (130 kg) May 7, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
4 stars
   Rivals:
4 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 84
Grant Blankenship
DE
The Colony, TX The Colony HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 252 lb (114 kg) 4.75 Jul 5, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
4 stars
   Rivals:
3 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 79
Jonathan Bonner
DE
Chesterfield, MO Parkway Central HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 250 lb (110 kg) 4.8 Jun 26, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
3 stars
   Rivals:
3 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 79
Justin Brent
WR
Speedway, IN Speedway HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 197 lb (89 kg) 4.52 Jul 9, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
4 stars
   Rivals:
4 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 82
Jimmy Byrne
OG
Parma Heights, OH St. Ignatius HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 295 lb (134 kg) 5.1 Dec 8, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
4 stars
   Rivals:
4 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 78
Daniel Cage
DT
Cincinnati, OH Winton Woods HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 295 lb (134 kg) 4.9 Feb 5, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
4 stars
   Rivals:
3 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Jay Hayes
DT
Brooklyn, NY Poly Prep HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 270 lb (120 kg) 4.8 Nov 7, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
4 stars
   Rivals:
4 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Kolin Hill
DE/OLB
Schertz, TX Samuel Clemens HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 4.56 Dec 15, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
3 stars
   Rivals:
3 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 77
Corey Holmes
WR
Pembroke Pines, FL St. Thomas Aquinas HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 4.48 Jul 17, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
4 stars
   Rivals:
4 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 83
DeShone Kizer
QB
Toledo, OH Central Catholic HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 4.81 Jun 11, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
4 stars
   Rivals:
4 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Tyler Lautua
TE
Paramount, CA La Mirada HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 240 lb (110 kg) 4.9 Dec 16, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
3 stars
   Rivals:
3 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 83
Greer Martini
LB
Raleigh, NC Woodberry Forest School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 230 lb (100 kg) 4.7 Jul 3, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
4 stars
   Rivals:
3 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 82
Pete Mokwuah
DT
Staten Island, NY St. Joseph HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 315 lb (143 kg) –- Jan 24, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
3 stars
   Rivals:
3 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 77
Nyles Morgan
LB
Crete, IL Crete-Monee HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 4.8 Jan 4, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
5 stars
   Rivals:
4 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 84
Sam Mustipher
OG
Owings Mills, MD Good Counsel HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 295 lb (134 kg) 5.1 Apr 15, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
4 stars
   Rivals:
4 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 81
Quenton Nelson
OT
Holmdel, NJ Red Bank HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 300 lb (140 kg) 5.2 May 1, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
4 stars
   Rivals:
5 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 83
Tyler Newsome
K/P
Carrollton, GA Woodberry Forest School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 5.0 Jun 21, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
3 stars
   Rivals:
3 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 77
Nile Sykes
LB
Oak Park, IL Montini Catholic HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 4.6 Dec 15, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
3 stars
   Rivals:
3 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Drue Tranquill
ATH
Huntertown, IN Carroll HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 4.49 Nov 19, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
4 stars
   Rivals:
3 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 78
Andrew Trumbetti
DE
Demarest, NJ Northern Valley Regional HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 250 lb (110 kg) 4.69 Mar 23, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
4 stars
   Rivals:
4 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 83
Nick Watkins
CB
Desoto, TX Bishop Dunne HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 4.47 Nov 1, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
4 stars
   Rivals:
4 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 83
Nic Weishar
TE
Midlothian, IL Marist HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Apr 23, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
4 stars
   Rivals:
4 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 82
Jhonathon Williams
DE
Benton Harbor, MI Berrien Springs HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 4.5 Nov 27, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
3 stars
   Rivals:
3 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 77
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 6   Rivals: 11  ESPN: 11
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2014 Notre Dame Football Commitment List". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  • "Scout.com Football Recruiting: Notre Dame". Scout.com. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  • "2014 Player Commitments – Notre Dame". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  • "2014 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
Scoring summary
16:02NDEverett Golson 11-yard touchdown run, Kyle Brindza kick goodND 7–0
12:13RiceZach Wright 26-yard touchdown reception from Driphus Jackson, James Hairston kick goodTied 7–7
12:01NDWilliam Fuller 75-yard touchdown reception from Golson, Brindza kick goodND 14–7
25:51Rice33-yard field goal by HairstonND 14–10
22:33NDGolson 14-yard touchdown run, Brindza kick goodND 21–10
20:05NDC. J. Prosise 53-yard touchdown reception from Golson, Brindza kick goodND 28–10
34:07ND36-yard field goal by BrindzaND 31–10
30:17NDGolson 4-yard touchdown run, Brindza kick goodND 38–10
47:47ND29-yard field goal by BrindzaND 41–10
44:57RiceJames Mayden 53-yard touchdown reception from Tyler Stehling, Hairston kick goodND 41–17
43:32NDGreg Bryant 17-yard touchdown run, Brindza kick goodND 48–17
Scoring summary
11:50NDCam McDaniel 1-yard touchdown run, Kyle Brindza kick goodND 7–0
23:58NDAmir Carlisle 1-yard touchdown reception from Everett Golson, Brindza kick goodND 14–0
20:34NDWilliam Fuller 24-yard touchdown reception from Golson, Brindza kick goodND 21–0
33:02NDCarlisle 12-yard touchdown reception from Golson, Brindza kick goodND 28–0
412:03ND43-yard field goal by BrindzaND 31–0
Scoring summary
112:23NDWill Fuller 16-yard touchdown reception from Everett Golson, Kyle Brindza kick goodND 7–0
11:50PURBrandon Cottom 7-yard touchdown reception from Danny Etling, Paul Griggs kick goodTied 7–7
211:57ND19-yard field goal by BrindzaND 10–7
23:00PURDeAngelo Yancey 19-yard touchdown reception from Etling, Griggs kick goodPUR 14–10
20:13NDGolson 15-yard touchdown run, Brindza kick goodND 17–14
34:05NDCorey Robinson 15-yard touchdown reception from Golson, Brindza kick goodND 24–14
49:31ND48-yard field goal by BrindzaND 27–14
45:30ND39-yard field goal by BrindzaND 30–14
Scoring summary
210:56NDWill Fuller 23-yard touchdown reception from Everett Golson, Kyle Brindza kick goodND 7–0
28:31NDFuller 72-yard touchdown reception from Golson, Brindza kick goodND 14–0
23:07SU38-yard field goal by Cole MurphyND 14–3
39:39NDCorey Robinson 8-yard touchdown reception from Golson, Brindza kick goodND 21–3
414:54SUTerrel Hunt 7-yard touchdown run, Murphy kick blockedND 21–9
410:19NDTorri Hunter Jr. 13-yard touchdown reception from Golson, Brindza kick goodND 28–9
45:09SUDurell Eskridge 29-yard touchdown interception return, Hunt pass failedND 28–15
41:57ND37-yard field goal by BrindzaND 31–15
Scoring summary
13:50StanfordKevin Hogan 10-yard touchdown run, Jordan Williamson kick goodStanford 7–0
23:06NDChris Brown 17-yard touchdown reception from Everett Golson, Kyle Brindza kick goodTied 7–7
47:32ND45-yard field goal by BrindzaND 10–7
43:01StanfordRemound Wright 11-yard touchdown run, Williamson kick goodStanford 14–10
41:01NDBen Koyack 23-yard touchdown reception from Golson, Brindza kick goodND 17–14
Scoring summary
113:28NCElijah Hood 6-yard touchdown run, Nick Weiler kick goodNC 7–0
18:48NCJeff Schoettmer 29-yard touchdown interception return, Weiler kick goodNC 14–0
17:09NDWilliam Fuller 13-yard touchdown reception from Everett Golson, Kyle Brindza kick goodNC 14–7
214:57NDCam McDaniel 1-yard touchdown run, Brindza kick goodTied 14–14
29:56NDGreg Bryant 7-yard touchdown run, Brindza kick goodND 21–14
24:16NCMarquise Williams 3-yard touchdown run, Weiler kick blockedND 21–20
22:25NDTarean Folston 6-yard run, Brindza kick goodND 28–20
21:20NCQuinshad Davis 20-yard touchdown reception from Williams, Williams pass failedND 28–26
311:52NDFolston 9-yard touchdown reception by Golson, Brindza kick goodND 35–26
33:37NC19-yard field goal by WeilerND 35–29
33:11NCWilliams 23-yard touchdown reception from Davis, Weiler kick goodNC 36–35
410:39NDFolston 9-yard touchdown reception from Golson, Golson pass to Ben KoyackND 43–36
42:19NDFolston 6-yard touchdown run, Brindza kick goodND 50–36
40:47NCMack Hollins 18-yard touchdown reception from Williams, Weiler kick goodND 50–43
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