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June/July 2017

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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www.BLUEANDGOLD.com JUNE/JULY 2017 15 "I've followed Wimbush from his early days in high school where he threw rockets on every pass to the accurate and polished leader he is now becoming for the Irish." Rivals national recruiting director Mike Farrell on Irish quarterback Brandon Wimbush as a potential breakout player based on spring game performance "Even if Kelly had only had a couple of great seasons at Notre Dame, he hadn't had the horrible season that had haunted his predecessors heading into the 2016 season. And then he had it. A 4‑8 mark leaves the future somewhat in doubt, and it also causes him to drop 10 spots in our rankings." — Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports ranking Notre Dame's Brian Kelly No. 22 in the top 25 coaches for the 2017 season "The Fighting Irish are hoping the left side of their line can help lead a turnaround from last season's 4‑8 mess. McGlinchey is a mountain at 6‑foot‑8 and 312 pounds, with potential to be the first offensive lineman taken in next year's draft. The 6‑5, 330‑pound Nelson is a dominant run blocker. 'He's an absolute mauler,' ESPN and SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic said." — Ralph Russo of the Associated Press on his selection of Notre Dame's Mike McGlinchey and Quenton Nelson as top offensive linemen from the 2016 season "The Bears have their quarterback. Now they protect him. McGlinchey has franchise left tackle written all over him, and was only passed on by the Browns, Rams, and 49ers because they already have great left tackles. The Broncos' need to improve on the offensive line carries over into 2018 — Denver sticks with Paxton Lynch and hopes some additional protection that could come from the best guard in this draft class [Quenton Nelson]." — FOX Sports' Dieter Kurtenbach on Mike McGlinchey going No. 5 and Quenton Nelson No. 18 in his way-to-early 2018 mock draft "DeShone Kizer possesses nimble feet, a big arm, the kind of size Hue Jackson loves, the sharp mind to process a defense and the inexplicable ability to just miss a throw for no reason. He's got almost every‑ thing. But the Browns' newest quarterback too often doesn't get the ball where he wants it to go. Can that change?" — Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com on former Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer "We didn't win the [state] championship, but it wasn't because of him. He had a really good year, showed some good leadership this year. Numbers‑wise and his impact on the program, he'll go down as one of the best players to play at DeMatha. … I feel a little biased because he's someone that I watched grow up right before my eyes. He's one of those rare players to play all four years of varsity at DeMatha. Beyond basketball, I'm just going to miss watching a young man become someone so talented with a bright future. On the court, I don't think there's one thing you can say you're going to miss. Just the fact that he was out there on our side, it always gave us a chance to win every game we played." — Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic coach Mike Jones (South Bend Tribune) on Notre Dame signee D.J. Harvey OF THE MONTH "I love the feeling of being ALL in … Risky, & sometimes uncomfortable, but I can't bear the thought of losing with chips left on the table." Senior rover Drue Tranquill (@d_TraNquill) May 5 PHOTO BY JOE RAYMOND UNDER THE DOME BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED PO Box 2331 Durham, NC 27702 www.BlueGoldOnline.com 1-800-421-7751 DELIVERY LIMITED TO CONTINENTAL U.S. PLEASE ADD SALES TAX FOR ITEMS SHIPPING TO: (NC 7.5%, IN 7%, MI 6%) (Item #6622) GRILL MAT $49.95 + FREE S&H (Item #6620) SPORTULA CLEARANCE! Limited Supply $16.95 + $6.50 S&H (Reg. $24.95 + S&H) (Item #6621) CUSTOM GRILL COVERS Recycled, mold-resistant, breathable vinyl with drawstring bottom. Logo printed with UV-resistant ink. AVAILABLE IN 2 SIZES & 3 LOGOS: Small: 55" wide x 36" tall x 21" deep $51.95 + $15.00 S&H Large: 66" wide x 36" tall x 21" deep $54.95 + $15.00 S&H Please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery. Grill covers are made to order and shipped direct from the manufacturer.

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