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August 2017

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

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Page 12 of 63 AUGUST 2017 13 THEY SAID IT "I don't think there are any obstacles to us regaining national prominence other than our own performance. Is it harder here? Yes. But that's okay. It's one of the things that makes it more rewarding. But there's no fundamental excuse or reason why we can't compete for a national championship …" Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick (The Indianapolis Star) "That game at Notre Dame, Georgia is better than Notre Dame. Georgia has more talent, they are more physically gifted along the front. They should be able to dominate that game in a lot of different phases. But there's going to be a lot of outside distractions, too. … On paper, Georgia should win the game by at least 20 points." — SEC Network analyst and former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy on the Notre Dame-Georgia game Sept. 9 "Nelson is one of two offensive linemen projected as early-round picks in next year's draft who decided to return to Notre Dame for another season instead of jumping to the NFL. With Chip Long replacing Mike Sanford at offensive coordinator, the details of Nelson's responsibilities on a down-to-down basis could change somewhat, but his basic charge remains the same, and it's one Nelson has shown he can do with remarkable effectiveness: knocking back defensive linemen at the line of scrimmage. "The Fighting Irish will rely on Nelson's interior mashing to keep new starting quarterback Brandon Wim- bush's pocket clean and pave the way for a rushing attack that dipped to 62nd nationally in yards per carry last season from eighth in 2015." — Sports Illustrated on ranking Irish offensive guard Quenton Nelson as the No. 27 player in college football for 2017 "The Fighting Irish return a highly valuable player: Bonzie Colson. In concert with Matt Farrell, they should put Mike Brey's team well above .500. Colson could put up huge numbers, and even though there's still a ton of talent in this league, he's a candidate to be league player of the year." — Matt Norlander of CBSS- ranking Notre Dame No. 5 in his early ACC power rankings "The Irish hold just three commitments from Southeast prospects, but two of them are among the top players in the country. Rivals100 defensive back Derrik Allen, who surprisingly chose the Irish over Georgia and Clemson earlier this year, highlights the trio. The day after Allen committed, three-star Nashville-area offensive lineman Cole Mabry joined the fold, giving the school a nice one-two punch in terms of Southeast recruiting wins. "Last month, Rivals250 Southwest Florida tight end George Takacs added his name to the Irish commit- ment list, signifying a major recruiting victory for the school with one its top targets regardless of position." — Rivals national analyst Woody Wommack on ranking Notre Dame No. 2 on his list of programs invading the Southeast in 2018 OF THE MONTH "Bob Elliot was in a class by himself — a great husband, father, grandfa- ther, coach & man. He made everyone better & I'll miss him dearly." Head coach Brian Kelly (@CoachBrianKelly) July 9 PHOTO BY BILL PANZICA UNDER THE DOME 2017 SCHOLARSHIP RAFFLE 1st Place Prize: $500 and 2 tickets to ND-USC football (October 21) Raffle tickets may be purchased online at or by mailing checks made payable to "Notre Dame Club of Lehigh Valley" to: Kathy Butz, Penn State Paper 323 Sumner Ave., Allentown, PA 18102 (610) 433-7468 x202 All payments must be received by noon on Sept. 1 Raffle ticket prices: 1 for $5; 3 for $10; 7 for $20; 21 for $50 Winning raffle tickets will be drawn during halftime of gamewatch for football season opener on Sept. 2. Proceeds benefit current Notre Dame students who had graduated from high school in the Lehigh Valley. Thank you for your support! Go Irish! BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED PO Box 2331 • Durham, NC 27702 1-800-421-7751 Please add sales tax if shipping to: NC (7.5%), MI (6%), or IN (7%) Not Dame Bulova Watch Item #6483 $ 229 95 FREE S&H • Rectangular grey dial with stick markers • Sweeping "seconds" hand • Silver-tone case • Steel bracelet • Water resistant to 100 feet • Large blue ND logo • 3-year Bulova limited warranty • Packaged in an elegant display box

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