Notre Dame offense practice notes 4-1-16

IRISH STEW

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — A day after the Loftus Sports Center was filled with NFL scouts and personnel for Notre Dame Pro Day, the Irish football team took to the indoor field for spring practice No. 7.

The offense started practice with its typical tempo drill with quarterback Malik Zaire taking snaps with the No. 1 unit. He was joined by running backs Tarean Folston and Josh Adams, wide receivers Equanimeous St. Brown, Corey Holmes and Torii Hunter Jr., tight end Nic Weishar and offensive linemen (left to right) Mike McGlinchey, Quenton Nelson, Sam Mustipher, Hunter Bivin and Alex Bars.

The second offense comprised of the following players: quarterback DeShone Kizer, running backs Dexter Williams and Justin Brent, wide receivers Miles Boykin, Kevin Stepherson and Chris Finke, tight end Alizé Jones and offensive linemen Jimmy Byrne, Trevor Ruhland, Tristen Hoge, Mark Harrell and Colin McGovern.

Wide receiver Corey Robinson, who has been sidelined with a concussion, did not practice.

The best action of Friday’s viewing session was obscured from media. At the opposite end of Loftus, the offensive line, running backs and defensive front seven squared off in running game drills. The defensive players waiting their turn prevented clear viewing of the action.

Closer to the media, the Irish wide receivers and defensive backs worked on screen passes. The reps were mostly won by the offense with defensive backs coach Todd Lyght not pleased with his players at times. Notre Dame’s offense was successful completing passes and clearing paths for guys like Torii Hunter Jr. and Kevin Stepherson and also finding receivers open deep on fake screens.

A Miles Boykin catch in front of Nick Coleman drew the first round of disapproval from Lyght. Coleman redeemed himself later when he and Redfield blanketed Stepherson to force an incompletion on a deep throw.

The highlight of the session came when Corey Holmes snagged a one-handed catch on the sideline against Coleman. Coleman crossed his arms insisting Holmes was out of bounds, but the catch was impressive regardless.

A few recruits were on hand for Friday’s practice: offensive lineman Tommy Kraemer, who signed with the Irish in February, 2017 linebacker prospect James Houston and 2018 quarterback prospect Tadas Tatarunas. More recruits are expected on campus Saturday.

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Notre Dame wide receiver Corey Holmes during Notre Dame spring football practice on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, inside the Loftus Sports Center at Notre Dame in South Bend. Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN