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December 2018

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

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Page 12 of 47 DECEMBER 2018 13 UNDER THE DOME THEY SAID IT "It's a different Notre Dame than the one that was dismantled by Alabama 42-14 in the 2012 BCS national championship. It's a different coaching staff, a different quarterback. Against Syracuse, Ian Book threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns after missing last week's game with a rib injury. He has elevated not just Notre Dame's offense, but also its place on the national stage. In spite of the success, there seems to be a reluctance throughout the country to embrace the possibility that Alabama-Notre Dame could happen again — likely because nobody wants to see a blowout on the sport's biggest stage." — ESPN College Foot- ball Playoff reporter Heather Dinich "There was actually a big showdown scheduled at Yankee Stadium. But then Notre Dame treated Syra- cuse like those SEC teams treated their FCS victims. The takeaway is pretty simple: It is long past time to acknowledge Notre Dame is really good, y'all. Get ready for Notre Dame in your final Football Four." — USA Today's George Schroeder "In some circles, it was a minor surprise that Adams didn't initially make the Eagles' 53-man roster. His return to the team was fortunate, and it took [head coach Doug] Pederson too many games to utilize the rookie, but he could have a bright future." — Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer on former Irish and current Philadelphia Eagles running back Josh Adams after he scored his first NFL touchdown in week 11 "That 2012 Notre Dame team gave fodder to its doubters all season, winning five of its first nine games by a touchdown or less, and doing so at times almost in spite of its modest offense. The 2018 Irish are just plain good. With Saturday's dominant performance against the Orange, their average scoring margin this season is 35-17. They've done so against a decent schedule that includes not just 10-1 Michigan (which they beat in week one) but also Power Five division champs Northwestern and Pittsburgh. "And they've done so despite playing just three true home games since Sept. 22. Starting with an Oct. 27 game against Navy in San Diego, Brian Kelly's team will have logged more than 9,000 air miles." — Stewart Mandel of The Athletic OF THE MONTH "I'm blessed, but there's more to come, and when it does, I'm running with it …" Notre Dame sophomore defensive tackle Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa (@myraaann) Nov. 18 SHOP NOW FIGHTING IRISH FAN GIFTS FOR THE (800) 647-4641 "As I wrote in my look at underrated pros- pects, Love could be a No. 1 corner at the next level. He just keeps improving. He has 12 passes broken up and an interception this season, and is developing into a shutdown corner. He had three picks in 2017, when he started every game as a sophomore. He's one of my favorite prospects in this class." ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. on moving Irish cornerback JULIAN LOVE up to No. 20 on his updated Big Board for the 2019 NFL Draft PHOTO BY ANGELA DRISKELL

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