Chat Transcript: Talk Notre Dame football with Eric Hansen

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Eric Hansen answered readers' Notre Dame football questions in a live chat. Read the transcript below, and catch his next chat Wednesday at noon.

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 Live Chat: Talk Notre Dame football with Eric Hansen(08/31/2016) 
   
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Eric Hansen: Good afternoon and welcome to Notre Dame Football Live Chat, coming to you today from the new mosquito capital of the world, South Bend, IN
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:00 Eric Hansen
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Eric Hansen: A reminder to please, please include your name and hometown (state/province/country as well if applicable) with your question.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:00 Eric Hansen
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Eric Hansen: We're ready to roll.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:01 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From jason saylorsburg pajason saylorsburg pa: ] do you agree the defense may have to carry the offense because of the inexperience at receiver if we are unable to run the ball against texas
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:08 jason saylorsburg pa
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Eric Hansen: I think no matter what Notre Dame's offense is like, and I expect it to be good and grow into being very good during the season, this team will go as far in the bowl /playoff picture as the defense takes it.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:09 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Ed from Haymarket, VAEd from Haymarket, VA: ] How come no one has picked Notre a Dame to go. 12 and 0? There is not a team on their schedule that they cannot beat.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:09 Ed from Haymarket, VA
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Eric Hansen: It sounds like you did.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:09 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Tony, SB, INTony, SB, IN: ] For texas to have a chance to win, is it more about things they have to do well, or things Notre Dame has to do poorly?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:10 Tony, SB, IN
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Eric Hansen: Well there's always a combination there. I think ND has more talent, but Texas actually has twice as many starters returning. If ND runs the ball well, plays turnover free, and is respectable with its run defense, it's going to be difficult for Texas to overcome that.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:11 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Chris - Newmarket, NHChris - Newmarket, NH: ] Hi Eric, it's finally game week. Thoughts on the safety position with Sebastian getting the start against Texas? He doesn't appear to be the typical free safety. How has he looked and is this more about the opener being at UT and not wanting to start a true freshman there? Thanks as always for the chats.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:11 Chris - Newmarket, NH
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Eric Hansen: I'm very tepid about that move, but I can honestly say I've seen so little of him in practice, it's hard to gauge. If this were a home game and if Studstill hadn't missed a chunk of practices with a hamstring injury, I think the starting assignment would have gone to him. Sebastian has more of a strong safety skill set, but Kelly and BVG like that he's assignment correct. In other words, there's less chance to give up the home run play, but you do give up some range. I do expect Studstill to get his feet wet in a reserve role, however.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:14 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From TJ Vero Beach, FLTJ Vero Beach, FL: ] Hi Eric! Finally game week!! I keep hearing everyone put ND on upset alert. What do you think the likelihood of this happening really is. Even with the inexperience and unknowns, I think ND still has too much firepower for Texas to actually pull off the upset. Thoughts?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:14 TJ Vero Beach, FL
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Eric Hansen: Well the line is only 3 - 3 1/2 points, so those folks in Vegas agree that an upset is possible. One thing to consider, Kelly's teams last year generally did not play well on the road when they were a favorite -- Virginia, Temple, BC. They did play well at Pitt. I can see why people think this is a possible upset. Texas did knock off two ranked teams, Oklahoma and Baylor, later last season. They have the element of surprise with their new offense. I think ND wins the game, but they have a small margin of error.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:17 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From James from ColumbusJames from Columbus: ] Eric, game week is finally here! I listen to you and Darren almost everyday on the tunein app on my mobile phone. I really appreciate your insight. Do you know why all of the pregame coverage is available on the mobile device, but when game time comes the broadcast is not?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:18 James from Columbus
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Eric Hansen: James, thanks for tuning in. By contract, IMG sports doesn't want live streams of its events on radio stations. This is pretty common in the sports properties world. I do believe you can listen on the und.com website, but I need to double check. It's also on Sirius/XM is you have satellite radio. Email me at ehansen@sbtinfo.com and I may be able to get your a better answer.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:20 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Ed from Haymarket, VAEd from Haymarket, VA: ] Okay!, I'll pick Notre Dame to go 12 and 0. There is not a team on their schedule they can't beat.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:20 Ed from Haymarket, VA
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Eric Hansen: You are on record.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:20 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Ace Lincoln, NEAce Lincoln, NE: ] Eric, I think Zaire will be the "Starter" 1st game, what's your expert opinion?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:20 Ace Lincoln, NE
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Eric Hansen: My expert opinion is an expert guess. I'll take a stab at DeShone Kizer.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:21 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Mike, SB, INMike, SB, IN: ] Do you sense any mental obstacles with Tarean Folston coming back from the injury? Or do you think last years injury is 100% behind him?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:21 Mike, SB, IN

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[Comment From Marty from Lake Oswego,OregonMarty from Lake Oswego,Oregon: ] Hi Eric. Do you have a sense on how comfortable the players are with VanGorder's defensive system?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:24 Marty from Lake Oswego,Oregon
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Eric Hansen: They seem to love it and I'd say there's a great universal understanding of it. We'll see if the fans love it.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:24 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Phil (Chicago)Phil (Chicago): ] How concerned should I be that our starting safeties are basically a linebacker and an injury prone 6th year player that hasn't played much?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:25 Phil (Chicago)
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Eric Hansen: I really like Drue Tranquill's skill set. No problem there. And I don't think Avery Sebastian is a long-term solution. Look, if he was the same player athletically now as he was as a sophomore at Cal in 2012, we'd be having a different conversation. But he can be a short-term solution, with Studstill coming on strong. It's a tough position to play a freshman. The last ND freshman to start six or more games at the free safety osition is Bobby Taylor in 1992, so the nature of the position doesn't lend itself to inexperience. I think Jalen Elliott at strong safety is a guy you may see play quite a bit in sub packages. The future is bright at safety. The present is murky, but not necessarily bad.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:29 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Mike, SB, INMike, SB, IN: ] Do you think Weather will play a factor in the game?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:30 Mike, SB, IN
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Eric Hansen: I think ND has the depth to counteract the soupy humidity they expect on Sunday night.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:30 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Greg, SB, INGreg, SB, IN: ] Will this years offensive line be better as whole unit this year than last years? Or is there a dropoff
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:30 Greg, SB, IN
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Eric Hansen: I don't think it's as good out of the gate. It's hard to say that when you lose the No. 6 pick in the draft and a really good second-rounder. But I think it's an offensive line with plenty of talent, and they'll grow into being elite. The left side is already there.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:31 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From MikeMike: ] Mike from Youngstown, OH. Do you think after the Texas game, or at some point during the early part of the season that Coach Kelly will have a starting QB and his backup, or is it going to be 1A 1B all season long?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:32 Mike
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Eric Hansen: Mike, his plan is to go week by week with this. If there's separation and the whole team can see it, he will go to a more traditional starter/sub arrangement. He wants to see what it looks like first at Texas. He's open-minded to either outcome.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:33 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Melissa from SouthbendMelissa from Southbend: ] Eric... Sebastian is a slower safety but he is good against the run.. Is that a factor with him starting against a spread team?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:33 Melissa from Southbend
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Eric Hansen: He's decent against the run, but again doesn't have the range of Studstill in the run or pass game. But again, he doesn't make many mistakes. And mistakes at FS can translate into touchdowns.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:35 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Newt in Washington DCNewt in Washington DC: ] Gameweek E! I ran my laps for missing the chat 2 weeks ago! Lol. I know Coney and company have been practicing but Kelly said its out of his hands what the University chooses to do. So as of today, are they on the bus headed to Austin but the University can call Kelly Sunday morning and tell Kelly to hold them out? Thank you for all the fine work and as always Go Irish!
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:35 Newt in Washington DC
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Eric Hansen: Ha. Good man for running the laps. The Office of Community Standards could ask that all or some of the players be held out. I suspect they're not operating on Sunday, so I would think Brian Kelly would know by Saturday if not sooner for this game. Thanks for being a part of the chat.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:38 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Manny in San PedroManny in San Pedro: ] ERIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GAME WEEK!!!!! I missed the chat last week and I wasn't able to ask it but luckily the question is still out there... Folston has looked good in spring by reports. Can we expect him to look like the RB we fell in love with in 2014?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:38 Manny in San Pedro
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Eric Hansen: Manny!!!!!! You're exclamation points are becoming famous. In practices to this point, Folston has actually looked better than the 2014 version. We'll soon see if that translates to the games.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:39 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Cory-STLCory-STL: ] Eric, If you had to pick one. What is the strength of our defense.. against the run? or the pass?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:41 Cory-STL
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Eric Hansen: I will say pass, but ND better hope it's at least respectable against the run, which they weren't in 2015.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:42 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Luke from New York, which back will be more productive this year, Folston or Adams? In which situations will Williams be used? And lastly will Tony jones see the field this yearLuke from New York, which back will be more productive this year, Folston or Adams? In which situations will Williams be used? And lastly will Tony jones see the field this year: ] Why doesn't this work
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:42 Luke from New York, which back will be more productive this year, Folston or Adams? In which situations will Williams be used? And lastly will Tony jones see the field this year
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Eric Hansen: Luke it does work. When you submit a question, it goes into a queue. There are a lot of questions in that queue. I try to take them in order, but sometimes I'll skip if I have to do math or research in order to answer it and get back to it if and when the queue slows down. ... to your question. I think the production between Folston and Adams is going to be pretty similar. If Dexter Williams is truly beyond his legal snafu, then I think you'll see him at times in short yardage and at times split out and trying to create a mismatch in the passing game. As far as Tony Jones Jr, if all three backs ahead of him stay healthy, they'd like to preserve this year of eligibility. But he's ready to play from a physical and playbook standpoint.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:47 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Jude from Watertown, N.Y.Jude from Watertown, N.Y.: ] As the unelected president of the (probably one person) unofficial Corey Holmes Fan Club, I gotta ask: Were you surprised to see Holmes listed as second on the depth chart behind C.J. Sanders on Tuesday? Coach Kelly had made it sound like Chris Finke was going to be C.J.'s backup. I love Holmes' speed and his jumping ability and think he could be a difference maker this year. Any idea why he seems to have faded while other receivers not starting are still raved about (such as Myles Boykin)?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:48 Jude from Watertown, N.Y.
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Eric Hansen: Brian Kelly doesn't actually make the depth chart, but he does approve it, so my sense is Finke is right there with Corey. Corey really came on in the spring, but in the practices the media took in, in August, he had a lot of drops. A lot. He also had a tough time when they stuck Shaun Crawford on him (as many do). Because Holmes redshirted last year, he's got this season and two more to play. So he's worth investing in. But it's a numbers game at receiver, and even with his elite speed, he's going to have to show consistency to earn playing time.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:51 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Greg Oakland CAGreg Oakland CA: ] Will Sebastian become the new Joe Schmidt? A smart, not as talented player who keeps the job because BVG scheme is too complicated?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:51 Greg Oakland CA
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Eric Hansen: I don't think the scheme is too complicated for Studstill. It's a matter of missing a bunch of practices because of injury and the big stage this game is on. I do expect him to play, even though he's not starting.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:52 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Jonathan from SeattleJonathan from Seattle: ] Hi Eric, ND has given up so many big plays on D and had challenges with Tempo under BVG. Any thought on bucking that trend in 2016?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:53 Jonathan from Seattle
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Eric Hansen: Brian Kelly is confident they will on both courts. And if that doesn't happen, you will likely be asking about a different coordinator in next year's chats.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:53 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Mary Joe, JacksonvilleMary Joe, Jacksonville: ] Hi Eric.. Do you or any of the other beat writers have certain songs you like to listen to on a roadtrip that brings the irish luck besides Taylor Swift?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:53 Mary Joe, Jacksonville
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Eric Hansen: Ha. Shame on you, Mary Joe. That's the fave of Tyler James and Mike Vorel. I have much better taste, although it's pretty eclectic. Ranges from the Ramones, to the Beatles, to vintage Motown. 60s, 70s, and 80s in general. Not sure if any of those bring the Irish or me luck, but it's fun to listen to and sing along with.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:56 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Sara, Scottsdale AZSara, Scottsdale AZ: ] Hi Eric :) Tom Noie said we have to wear shoes in the chat but I don't wear shoes until November if I can help it! Anyways, If you had to pick, who scores the first TD for the Irish of the season?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:57 Sara, Scottsdale AZ
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Eric Hansen: I think Tom is trying to protect you from the mosquitoes, which were dive bombing at me this morning. I don't blame you for your no-shoes policy in AZ. Putting my psychic hat on, I'll go with Texan Torii Hunter Jr. to see the end zone first.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:59 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Erik, South BendErik, South Bend: ] What can we expect from the Texas offensive system other than fast tempo (which I'm hoping will lead to fast 3-and-outs and a gassed TX defense)? And I read today that they don't have a playbook. How is that possible?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 12:59 Erik, South Bend
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Eric Hansen: Texas actually tried to run uptempo against ND last year and kind of gave up, then demoted their offensive coordinator three days later. New OC Sterlin Gilbert, averaged about 81 plays a game in his previous coaching stops. Texas ran about 65 plays a game last season, so that's a significant difference. I think the offense will look different whether Swoopes or Buechele is on the game. You'll get more running from the QB with Swoopes. In either case, Texas wants to establish the run and pound at ND's front. They feel if they can do that, the passing game will open up. Short, quick passes that don't give BVG time to get pressures on the QBs.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:03 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Tony - NilesTony - Niles: ] Is Niles Morgan really ready to be the leader out there for defense? I have never doubted his athletic ability, but in limited action seemed to struggle with being in the right position, let alone tell other people what position to be in.. i have heard praises so far, what have you seen?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:03 Tony - Niles
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Eric Hansen: I really like where he is right now, like how he handled not playing last year, like his leadership. He's going to swing and miss every once in a while, but he's going to make a lot of plays. I expect him to be ND's leading tackler this year.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:04 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Hi Eric-Im excited to see Tarean Folston run again. I truly beleive that running between the tackles will wear down UTs line. It won;t matter who is handing off to any of the backs. My question is, how much do you see Daelin Hayes playing on Sunday? One lHi Eric-Im excited to see Tarean Folston run again. I truly beleive that running between the tackles will wear down UTs line. It won;t matter who is handing off to any of the backs. My question is, how much do you see Daelin Hayes playing on Sunday? One l: ] Hi Eric-I'm excited to see Tarean Folston run again. I truly beleive that running between the tackles will wear down UT's line. It won;t matter who is handing off to any of the backs. My question is, how much do you see Daelin Hayes playing on Sunday? One last comment, Tranquill will have a HUGE game. Whitey from Lake Como, NJ
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:05 Hi Eric-Im excited to see Tarean Folston run again. I truly beleive that running between the tackles will wear down UTs line. It won;t matter who is handing off to any of the backs. My question is, how much do you see Daelin Hayes playing on Sunday? One l
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Eric Hansen: Especially with Jay Hayes coming back from the ankle sprain, I think you'll see significant contributions from Daelin Hayes, especially on third down. His Achlilles is that he hasn't play much football in the past couple of seasons, but he's surging. And if he can stay healthy, I like where his career is headed.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:06 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Jennifer in Detroit MIJennifer in Detroit MI: ] What is with the trend of not announcing your starting QB? Texas, MI are both doing it... Does it really effect a game plan that much?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:07 Jennifer in Detroit MI
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Eric Hansen: It seems to be an epidemic this year. I think Charlie Strong is doing it, because BK is. I think the one time it did pay off for ND was in the Music City Bowl. I still think LSU coach Les Miles expected to see Everett Golson play almost every snap.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:08 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Jeff from Olympia,WAJeff from Olympia,WA: ] Eric, I've enjoyed these chats & your "pragmatic" perspective/reporting for a few years. Thanks for your work. I have 2 questions. First, my wife, who knows better than to schedule anything for me on Saturdays this time of the yr., has a flight that's landing at 4:30p.m. PST on Sun. Honest mistake! Do I a) record the game on DVR, hope there's no glitches & pick her up at airport b) send a limo and let her & my daughter come home in style or c) send my brother - a lifelong Alabama fan? Second, my hunch is that Kelly will make every defense have to practice against & defend the fast pace option zone read & no other QB on the roster (or most of the country for that matter) runs it as efficiently as Malik. What does that play open up for Malik (X's and O's) that may not be there for DeShone who can run but usually in a different way?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:14 Jeff from Olympia,WA
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Eric Hansen: Jeff .... very observant on the "pragmatic" front. Love it. As to the flight/pick-up dilemma, I'd combine options B and C, send the limo, but send your brother in the limo, just to get him out of the house so you can enjoy the game without heckling. ... to the Malik question, I asked former ND OC Chuck Martin about the zone read opening up the passing game for Malik. He said because they have to commit additional personnel to dealing with Malik on keepers and worrying about containment when he freelances, the defenses can't be as aggressive and creative in defending the pass. They have to be more vanilla, and that helps create better opportunities for Malik to throw the ball and throw it well.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:14 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From JoelJoel: ] Osceola, IN Eric...long time/first time. Two-parter (unrelated)(like Al Lesar) What is the likelihood Residence Life gets involved in some 11th hour suspension of Coney, Williams, Stepherson, and White. Also, are Josh Adams and Terrean Folston being undervalued by fans/media?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:14 Joel
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Eric Hansen: Joel thanks for coming aboard. Res Life is now the Office of Community Standards, but I understand your question ... Yes there could be an 11th hour suspension. It could also come next week or the week after, depending upon how quickly hearings can take place. But there is the possibility of no suspensions at all. .... I'm not sure how fans and media value Adams/Folston, but I think they're elite running backs.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:16 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Tony (Brooklyn)Tony (Brooklyn): ] Yo Eric.. Will this be the year our defense FINALLY creates some turnovers?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:16 Tony (Brooklyn)
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Eric Hansen: It needs to. ND was 109th in the FBS last season in turnovers forced/gained.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:17 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From TN from PDXTN from PDX: ] Hi Eric. Thanks for the chats, and for your excellent work on Sportsbeat. My first question has to do with "killer instinct." It seems through that last two regimes at least, Weis and Kelly, that ND's football teams have lacked it. Weis, for example, never wanted to hang too many points on an opponent, and Kelly's teams, well -- they often start slow, don't put teams away, get loose with a lead, and so on. I know this doesn't explain everything, and there's a lot of good they do as well. So first, have you written about this aspect of the game, the need for a killer instinct, vis-a-vis Kelly's teams? If so, I don't recall it. And second, what are your thoughts on the need to take ND teams into Alabama territory by growing a killer instinct? Thanks!
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:18 TN from PDX
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Eric Hansen: Tom, it's an interesting question, and to be honest I'm not sure if I've written about it in past seasons. Every team has kind of a different vibe, so I guess I start fresh with assessing that team each spring. Will this team have a killer instinct? I don't think that's an expectation I would have for a team in September with seven starters back. I think it can be developed as it gets more confident. It's difficult to predict. however.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:20 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Jude from Watertown, N.Y.Jude from Watertown, N.Y.: ] According to Bertsch's release, here's the radio information for James from Columbus:
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:21 Jude from Watertown, N.Y.
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[Comment From Jude from Watertown, N.Y.Jude from Watertown, N.Y.: ] RADIO IMG College Sports is the exclusive national rights-holder for Irish football radio broadcasts. Notre Dame games will be broadcast to 117 affiliates by Don Criqui (play-by-play) and Allen Pinkett (analysis). This broadcast can be heard live on SiriusXM Satellite Radio (channel 129). The broadcast will be preceded by a one hour pre-game show hosted by Tony Castricone with interviews conducted by Jack Nolan. It will be followed by a national post-game show hosted by Castricone, Criqui and Pinkett. All games can be heard in South Bend on WSBT 96.1 FM & 960 AM, and Sunny 101.5 FM.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:21 Jude from Watertown, N.Y.

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Eric Hansen: And Jude, 4 1/2 gold stars for your effort.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:24 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Matt in HersheyMatt in Hershey: ] Based on what you have seen at camp and heard from coaches, which will we see more on Sunday? 11 personnel or 12 personnel?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:24 Matt in Hershey
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Eric Hansen: From Texas or Notre Dame?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:24 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From BaltimoreBaltimore: ] Your offensive breakout player this season?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:24 Baltimore
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Eric Hansen: C.J. Sanders
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:25 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Mike in DCMike in DC: ] I'm expecting a close game that goes into the 4Q Sunday night that could come down to a FG. Should I be concerned at all with Yoon's August struggles??
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:25 Mike in DC
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Eric Hansen: With kickers, you never know, but he seems to be confident he's past them and so is Kelly.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:25 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Steve from St LouisSteve from St Louis: ] Which RB will best contribute in the passing game?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:25 Steve from St Louis
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Eric Hansen: 1. Folston, 2. Williams, 3.Adams
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:26 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From bill 1000 oaks cabill 1000 oaks ca: ] what in your mind gives nd the win field position,time of possession, special teams, or overall team speed or lastly irish smash mouth football thanks for the great chats.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:26 bill 1000 oaks ca
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Eric Hansen: Bill, thanks for the question. I think you're asking me if ND has the advantage in this game in those areas? If so ... field position, ND (in part Because of Tyler Newsome), TOP ND, Special teams even, overall team speed, I'd go with ND, and smash mouth, probably where the game is won, I'll give ND the edge, but none of these by wide margins.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:28 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Steve (Austin, TX)Steve (Austin, TX): ] Eric, Help me out... If Folston is looking better than his 2014 version.. Does this mean he leads the team in carries in 2016 over Adams?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:29 Steve (Austin, TX)
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Eric Hansen: Not necessarily. Adams only rushed for the most yards every by an ND freshman in 2015, breaking Folston's record. The there's this stat from ND Football Sports Info Director Michael Bertsch: Since 2000, other than Josh Adams, only three "Power 5" true freshmen have averaged at least seven yards with at least 100 carries: Jamaal Charles of Texas, C.J. Spiller of Clemson and Nick Chubb of Georgia.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:34 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From ND ParentND Parent: ] Who on ND D Line makes you hopeful? Who gets you nervous?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:35 ND Parent
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Eric Hansen: It's been a good camp for all four of the starters and some of the reserves as well. Isaac Rochell has really stood out and appears to be ready to play at a higher level this year, with more explosiveness to his pass rush. I think lack of depth at Defensive Tackle is the coaches' biggest potential headache with this group.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:37 Eric Hansen
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[Comment From Dave from Roswell GaDave from Roswell Ga: ] Eric, While I'm a huge ND fan and want to beat Texas , I don't like Brian Kelly's response of no game suspensions for the 4 marijuana users, besides Redfield. At what point did they think having bags of grass and a loaded gun in the car driving to Bloomington was a good idea. Driving to Bloomington, for what? Nobody needs a loaded gun unless you expect trouble. ND, Kelly and the footballmteam look really bad in my opinion. And I can't believe Kelly is not suspending them for Texas at a minimum. it makes him look like Saban and the others in my opinion. My question is, we're you surprised at the lack of discipline as well and pleae don't tell,me about the iinterena
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:37 Dave from Roswell Ga
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[Comment From Dave from Roswell GaDave from Roswell Ga: ] ,discipline stuff. Thankst
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:37 Dave from Roswell Ga
1:43
Eric Hansen: Dave, there's a lot here in your question and you're supposing quite a bit which may or may not be accurate. For example, are you sure everyone in the car knew there was a gun? And if you've got a weekend off, I'm not sure there's anything wrong with going to visit friends in another town. Some kids may have opted to go home. Not suspending a player for a first-time marijuana infraction is consistent with what Kelly and the university have done in the past. What you don't know is what kind of track record these kids had, good or bad, before this incident. You don't know if they were contrite. I am a believer that really good kids can make knucklehead decisions. As long as they learn from it, I think that's the bottom line for me. Now fool me twice ...
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:43 Eric Hansen
1:45
[Comment From Chris from MishawakaChris from Mishawaka: ] After what game would ND have to get through undefeated before they would really be considered a contender for the playoffs? MSU? Stanford, Miami or would it really take all the way through USC?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:45 Chris from Mishawaka
1:45
Eric Hansen: The standings don't come out until Nov. 1, at which time ND would have four games left -- Navy, Army, Va Tech and USC. Provided MSU, Stanford and Miami weren't vastly overrated and ND was unbeaten, I think that puts them squarely in the conversation.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:45 Eric Hansen
1:45
[Comment From james, RochesterMi.james, RochesterMi.: ] when is administration handing down verdict on 5 students. Whats your thoughts on this years defense. just watched last years lose to Stanford.besides being in red zone 4 times and only getting 12pts. defensej pretty bad do you see any improvement. (Just one example of poor defense}.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:45 james, RochesterMi.
1:48
Eric Hansen: We don't know when the Office of Community Standards will rule. Brian Kelly doesn't know. My magic 8-ball doesn't know (it says "ask again later:). So we wait. Conceptually, I like this defense better than the past two seasons' versions, but I have to see it in actuality to push more chips into the middle of the table.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:48 Eric Hansen
1:48
[Comment From Kaz from Grand RapidsKaz from Grand Rapids: ] The best time of the year is finally here! Eric, my question is on your one-on-one access to BK, assistants and players. During the season, do you have the opportunity to sit down with BK and have an off-the-record conversation with him? Same question re assistants and players. And if not during the season, what about the off-season?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:48 Kaz from Grand Rapids
1:54
Eric Hansen: Because this beat is so absurdly large, access to BK, the assistants and the players for everyone is limited to a degree. And because this beat is absurdly competitive, I kind of have to keep my answer close to the vest. If we were having this conversation just between us, I could share more, but what I will say is I get enough information directly or indirectly from trusted sources to do my job.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:54 Eric Hansen
1:54
[Comment From Ken- Pensacola, Fla.Ken- Pensacola, Fla.: ] How does Coach Kelly bridge the generation gap between coaches and players?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:54 Ken- Pensacola, Fla.
1:56
Eric Hansen: That question is familiar and not exactly sure what it means. I think Brian Kelly is pretty in touch with that age group, because he's been dealing with it for more than a quarter of a century and because he's got kids at home in a slightly younger age group. But the best way the coaches can relate is to be themselves. I think college kids value authenticity over someone trying to be at their level.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:56 Eric Hansen
1:57
[Comment From Eric - TNEric - TN: ] Deshaun Watson is widely considered the best QB in the class, some say the best QB since Andrew Luck or before then. When i watch Clemson/ND from last year, i don't see a huge difference between Watson and Kizer... the main thing i see is experience. I feel from a skill set, ability, awareness, etc. they are very similiar, Watson just has a lot more experience. Would you agree, or do i watch Kizer with ND Glasses on?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 1:57 Eric - TN
2:04
Eric Hansen: It's interesting, I think the two DeShauns/DeShones connected this offseason. I think Kizer can aspire to be like Watson and had a really good first season, but Watson is a much more accomplished runner and more explosive as a runner as well. In the passing game, their efficiency numbers were pretty similar, with Watson holding the edge. (156.3 to 150.0). They both play well on the big stage, but I need to see Kizer step up to another level before I can put him in the same sentence as Watson.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:04 Eric Hansen
2:04
[Comment From Mark, Orange County CAMark, Orange County CA: ] Hi Eric, Which running back are you expecting to end up being the go to guy in Sunday's game?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:04 Mark, Orange County CA
2:05
Eric Hansen: It's a flow of the game kind of thing. I expect Folston and Adams to share that role, and Williams to get some high-leverage carries as well, provided his status doesn't change between now and Sunday.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:05 Eric Hansen
2:05
[Comment From Bob from CincinnatiBob from Cincinnati: ] Eric, I watch all of BK's press conferences. I get the sense he is much less confident in this year's team, vs. prior years. He does not portray the confidence that his team this year can actually contend for a playoff spot or even a Big 6 bowl. Do you get the same sense from him?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:05 Bob from Cincinnati
2:06
Eric Hansen: I don't share that assessment. I think he really likes this team, but he knows there are a lot of unknowns that have to come together for the team to match his expectations of it.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:06 Eric Hansen
2:06
[Comment From Blair from CincinnatiBlair from Cincinnati: ] Hi Eric, first time contributing to these chats.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:06 Blair from Cincinnati
2:06
Eric Hansen: Bring on your question.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:06 Eric Hansen
2:07
[Comment From Greg, SB, INGreg, SB, IN: ] What game are you most excited for this weekend? Besides Texas/ND
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:07 Greg, SB, IN
2:07
Eric Hansen: I honestly don't remember all the ones that are on, but Alabama-USC grabs my attention.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:07 Eric Hansen
2:07
[Comment From Manny in San PedroManny in San Pedro: ] If you listened to experts you would think Texas was the favorite in this game!?!? Give me 3 players that will be the reason we dine on Bevo Sunday night!
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:07 Manny in San Pedro
2:08
Eric Hansen: Kizer/Zaire, Folston/Adams, Rochell
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:08 Eric Hansen
2:08
[Comment From Blair from CincinnatiBlair from Cincinnati: ] Any indication that Trumbetti has worked past his mental hurdles of late? I'm hopeful that his being listed as a starter means he's been able to become a more consistent threat in the pass rush. I'm a little nervous about relying on a true Freshman to be our main threat up front.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:08 Blair from Cincinnati
2:10
Eric Hansen: Brian Kelly indicated Andrew has surged of late, but confidence can be fleeting, so we'll see. Given when Texas tries to do in its passing game -- or rather what I think they'll try to do -- Trumbetti might be the better fit this week.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:10 Eric Hansen
2:10
[Comment From AndyAndy: ] Hey Eric! Andy Here! Born in South Bend, Raised in Niles, MI and reside in San Antonio, TX the last 14 yrs. Going to both games in TX this year - Woo Hoo!! Who's your pick for wearing the #1 jersey? My money is on Folston. What do you think?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:10 Andy
2:11
Eric Hansen: Nice to have you on the chat, Andy. Folston would be a really good candidate, but I', going to go with Texan Torii Hunter Jr.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:11 Eric Hansen
2:11
[Comment From Mark, Orange County CAMark, Orange County CA: ] Will ND need to take a time out this year on offense before their first offensive play?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:11 Mark, Orange County CA
2:11
Eric Hansen: Ouch
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:11 Eric Hansen
2:11
[Comment From Steve (Austin, TX)Steve (Austin, TX): ] Do you think Art Briles ever gets another HC job?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:11 Steve (Austin, TX)
2:12
Eric Hansen: At the FBS level? I sure hope not.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:12 Eric Hansen
2:12
[Comment From Scott, Muskegon MIScott, Muskegon MI: ] which WR will have the best game against Texas??
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:12 Scott, Muskegon MI
2:12
Eric Hansen: Torii Hunter Jr., and you'll be able to say that in most games this season.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:12 Eric Hansen
2:13
[Comment From BenBen: ] from St Louis (my apologies Eric). Should be a fun match up - do you think Kelly really is committed to the run? In years past, we've heard similar commitments to the run that are quickly abandoned. I realize much of it is situational, but he sounded different about commiting to the run in his press conference
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:13 Ben
2:13
Eric Hansen: You have to be balanced, or defenses will just load up the box. But considering Notre Dame had its best team rushing average since WWII last year, I think he's committed to it.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:13 Eric Hansen
2:17
[Comment From joe Massachusetts Hoping i still have time. I am wondering what options Max Redfield the student has. DId he lose his scholar ship and would have to pay for his last semester himself. And if he loses it could that be used by other coaches as negativjoe Massachusetts Hoping i still have time. I am wondering what options Max Redfield the student has. DId he lose his scholar ship and would have to pay for his last semester himself. And if he loses it could that be used by other coaches as negativ: ] joe Massachusetts Hoping i still have time. I am wondering what options Max Redfield the student has. DId he lose his scholar ship and would have to pay for his last semester himself. And if he loses it could that be used by other coaches as negative recruiting. Thanks Eric for the chats love your work
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:17 joe Massachusetts Hoping i still have time. I am wondering what options Max Redfield the student has. DId he lose his scholar ship and would have to pay for his last semester himself. And if he loses it could that be used by other coaches as negativ
2:23
Eric Hansen: Joe. For now he is in school. He could transfer to an FCS school and play right away this year, which wouldn't make sense, since he doesn't know their system. He is in line to graduate in December. If he proceeds along those lines and does that, he could transfer to an FBS school in January, using the grad transfer rule, and participate in spring practice and then use his final season of eligibility in the fall of 2017. He is also up for review by the Office of Community Standards Since neither of his charges are felonies, I don't get the sense he would be expelled, but we don't know Max's full track record and how many infractions of different types he has had before this. If he does get booted from school, I think it would be laughable for a rival coach to try to negative recruit a situation like that. What would be the selling point? "Come to our school, and carry a gun whenever you want?"
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:23 Eric Hansen
2:24
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 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:24 Brad
2:24
Eric Hansen: There you go, James. You're all set.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:24 Eric Hansen
2:24
Eric Hansen: Thanks, Brad.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:24 Eric Hansen
2:25
[Comment From Bill from SarasotaBill from Sarasota: ] Do you see the 2-QB situation as a final exam for who becomes the 95% player, r a real effort at seeing if a dual QB system can work with the 2 players?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:25 Bill from Sarasota
2:25
Eric Hansen: I think Brian Kelly is open to both outcomes.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:25 Eric Hansen
2:25
[Comment From Josh from IndyJosh from Indy: ] Eric! Been a while, but I'm finally back. Hoping and Praying our Cardinals can put it together, get hot at the right time, and make a run. We've played the Cubs tougher than anyone. Anyway, my question is this. Since the South Florida debacle, we have blasted Temple, Navy, Rice, and Texas when BK has time to prepare for the season opener. We also played really well against LSU. Ohio State was a bit of an outlier with injuries. So why do I have this weird feeling about Sunday night? Even with a turnover or 2 and a big play or 2 given up, I feel like our QB's are good enough to give us a comfortable V. What say you?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:25 Josh from Indy
2:26
Eric Hansen: I think ND is the better team and expect them to win, but I expect it to be a game that is decided in the second half.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:26 Eric Hansen
2:26
[Comment From Ken, Westland MiKen, Westland Mi: ] What is your game prediction and who will be the ND MVP?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:26 Ken, Westland Mi
2:27
Eric Hansen: I am just going off the top of my head and a lousy night's sleep to boot, but I'll say ND 27-20. MVP OG Quenton Nelson.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:27 Eric Hansen
2:27
[Comment From Tom, Kennesaw, GATom, Kennesaw, GA: ] Hi Eric. Finally Game Week!!!! With so much inexperience in the WR's I am guessing that Corey Robinson has been a big help to many of the younger WR's. In his position is he allowed to travel with the team to Texas? It is one thing to help at practice and quite another in the heat of a game. Thanks Tom Kennesaw
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:27 Tom, Kennesaw, GA
2:28
Eric Hansen: Tom, I am certain Corey will be in Texas and helping out. I know Brian Kelly and Mike Denbrock believe he's been a tremendous asset.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:28 Eric Hansen
2:28
[Comment From Bill from SarasotaBill from Sarasota: ] FWIW starting yesterday I can't download your SPORTS TALK show on the WSBT app. I can listen but not download/
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:28 Bill from Sarasota
2:29
Eric Hansen: Have you tried the iTunes or GooglePlay store ... or the on-demand page on the website, wsbtradio.com?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:29 Eric Hansen
2:29
Eric Hansen: Thanks for listening or at least trying to listen.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:29 Eric Hansen
2:30
[Comment From Sean - ChicagoSean - Chicago: ] Eric, great chat as always. Love the insight you give so maybe you can help me out with this most pressing of questions. So last year, ND's social media and Showtime series always names the team #Team127. This year I've noticed on most ND social media posts it's says #Team12. Why Team12 and not Team128?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:30 Sean - Chicago
2:31
Eric Hansen: From talking to Nyles Morgan, they wanted their own identity. They want a shock-the-world vibe.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:31 Eric Hansen
2:31
[Comment From Don PHXDon PHX: ] Eric....the start of another season. How many is this for you on the ND beat? Kelly and the press seem to have established a way to communicate that appears better than year's past. How does his media relations compare with other ND FB coaches and other coaches you've been around?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:31 Don PHX
2:33
Eric Hansen: Don, Notre Dame football became my primary focus in 1997, Bob Davie's first season. I was the managing editor at the Tribune's Irish Sports Report publication at the time after serving as Big Ten beat writer and then ND men's hoops writer. In 2005, when Charlie Weis was hired, I became the ND beat writer for the paper. As far as Brian Kelly and media relations, he understands that dynamic better than any coach in any sports I've been around.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:33 Eric Hansen
2:33
[Comment From Sean from Kalispell MontanaSean from Kalispell Montana: ] Hi Eric as always thanks for all your hard work covering ND. Do you believe ND will look to run the ball and control the clock to keep the new high tempo Texas offense off the field and if so wouldn't that mean we see more Zaire? Side question did you ever find out a premier date for the upcoming ND Miami 30 for 30? Thanks in advance have fun in Texas Eric
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:33 Sean from Kalispell Montana
2:37
Eric Hansen: Sean, I need to get to that 30-for-30 question. I will put it back on my to-do list. Thanks for the reminder and for the kind words. Notre Dame had a 75-52 edge in plays last year, in part because they could run the ball 52 rushes 214 yards and Texas could not 29-60. I do think the run game will be central for ND for lots of reasons, including the ones you mention, but I'm not sure that necessarily means more Zaire.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:37 Eric Hansen
2:37
[Comment From Eric from BristolEric from Bristol: ] Hello, Eric. Thank you for continuing to invest in these chats. BK mentioned that the offense will definitely be running the ball. In the past I seem to recall BK saying that time of possession is an over-valued stat, but is it possible that this is a year -- quality RBs & o-line combined with untested defensive positions & receivers -- where BK makes an intentional effort to win time of possession?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:37 Eric from Bristol
2:39
Eric Hansen: Brian said those things about time of possession during his Cincinnati days, but his thinking has shifted. He felt he had to play that way at Cincy, because they needed to be less conventional. He likes to shift gears at ND -- playing fast when it benefits him, eating clock when it benefits him.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:39 Eric Hansen
2:39
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] Hi Eric, I like Brian Kelly as a coach but I wish he would defer getting the ball in the second half. I think ND starts slow and a better coach can make adjustments at halftime. If you are down 7 its not a big deal because you get the ball to start the second half. I always thought Bob Davies was always out coached in the second half because he could not make adjustments at half and the other coach did. Your thoughts? John From PT Pleasant NJ
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:39 Guest
2:41
Eric Hansen: I'd take the ball. Texas is 0-11 under Charlie Strong when the other team scores first, 1-11 when trailing after a quarter, 0-11 when trailing at the half.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:41 Eric Hansen
2:42
[Comment From daniel kalamazoo midaniel kalamazoo mi: ] eric, I am very worried about our lack of speed with Tranquil and Sebastian. How has Tranquil looked in coverage this spring? Coverage was never his strong suit and at 225Lbs and two knee surgeries later I feel a bit nervous. Your thoughts. thanks
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:42 daniel kalamazoo mi
2:45
Eric Hansen: Tranquill takes good angles to the ball, and I think has adequate speed. I really like his game. Sebastian? I saw him get beat a lot in practice. However, he did have one really good practice in Mid August and at FS when Studstill was down with the hammie. I guess bottom line, I'm skeptical.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:45 Eric Hansen
2:45
[Comment From IrishFan217IrishFan217: ] Game week we've only heard about the QB competition, youth, and defense. I strongly believe Tarean Folston will be the difference maker vs Texas. I have the feeling this game was part of his motivation during rehab. I expect a big night for the senior. What do you think?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:45 IrishFan217
2:45
Eric Hansen: I think you're angling for Al Lesar's job.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:45 Eric Hansen
2:46
[Comment From Matt from njMatt from nj: ] If you had to bet the ranch, do the 4 play against texas
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:46 Matt from nj
2:47
Eric Hansen: The only ranch I'd ever bet on anything -- not a big gambler here -- is the ranch dressing in the fridge that is starting to turn a different color. My hunch is that they will play this week.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:47 Eric Hansen
2:48
[Comment From Tony in South BendTony in South Bend: ] Eric, i have re watched LSU, Texas and Virginia, and i really try to be fair in evaluating the QB's, but for my money, Kizer would be the guy. Zaire is a heck of an athlete and throws a decent ball, but he has never been asked to do a ton. I would hate to to have to go through and "break in" a new QB when we have someone with the experience that Kizer got last year. He didn't even hit 100 yds vs lsu, now a high6 percentage, but all short easy passes. Against texas, once again a high percentage and 300 yds, but looking at the game he had all day to throw and most of the receivers were wide open. He obviously struggled against Virginia once he was under pressure-and only rushed for 16 yds. Also, given a bunch of "little" comments about being unhappy about not being named the starter, i just feel like Kizer all around is better for the team and opens up the play book for an offense that can compete with top 10 teams... I think that they both will play the first couple games for different reasons, but by the time you get to stanford, it will be kizer's team with a few packages for Zaire... am i way off?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:48 Tony in South Bend
2:48
Eric Hansen: I think Kizer is the more complete QB.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:48 Eric Hansen
2:50
[Comment From Erik, South BendErik, South Bend: ] Woo game week, yeah!! Thanks for doing the chats. I'll be curious to see how the QB system plays out over the whole year. I anticipate eventually MZ's role will be as the closer when we need to run the ball in the 4th quarter to burn clock, as that is his main skillset, and Kizer will be called on if we need to catch up. Are there other scenarios you see other than the whimsical "go with the hot hand"?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:50 Erik, South Bend
2:51
Eric Hansen: Erik, we're entering the lightning round, so I'll keep it short. I think there are some threads of reality in your assessment, but Kelly is a feel of the game guy and sometimes his moves may be counter-intuitive to what the rest of us are thinking.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:51 Eric Hansen
2:51
[Comment From Cory-STLCory-STL: ] Which QB do you expect to get more snaps Sunday?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:51 Cory-STL
2:52
Eric Hansen: Kizer
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:52 Eric Hansen
2:52
[Comment From Sara, Scottsdale AZSara, Scottsdale AZ: ] Will Sanders become the next big thing at WR?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:52 Sara, Scottsdale AZ
2:52
Eric Hansen: Not literally at 5-8, but he's ND's No. 2 receiver at the moment, so yes.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:52 Eric Hansen
2:52
[Comment From James from ColumbusJames from Columbus: ] Eric, I heard Coach Strong said that the ND defensive front is as physical a group as they will see all year. Do you believe this is an accurate assessment or a case of the opposing coach heaping false praise on the upcoming opponent? I believe they could be as good top to bottom as we have had in a while.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:52 James from Columbus
2:53
Eric Hansen: I never believe an opposing coach's pregame blather to the media.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:53 Eric Hansen
2:53
[Comment From TJ Vero Beach, FLTJ Vero Beach, FL: ] Did you get a sense of how ready and how comfortable the players are going into Sunday night? Any chance of them walking around wide-eyed and starstruck? I would hate to see a start similar to the Clemson game last year and be down a couple TDs before we realize the game even started.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:53 TJ Vero Beach, FL
2:53
Eric Hansen: We won't know until they're in the moment.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:53 Eric Hansen
2:53
[Comment From TN from PDXTN from PDX: ] Eric, about Sportsbeat and the podcasts, is there a way to catch the pregame show as well, or a postgame show if there is one, as a rebroadcast the way Sportsbeat podcasts are a kind of rebroadcast? I listen to Sportsbeat via iTunes and it's addicting. Great job by all of you. Thanks!
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:53 TN from PDX
2:54
Eric Hansen: shoot me an email and I'll try to get the answer for you from the smart one, Darin.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:54 Eric Hansen
2:54
[Comment From ScottScott: ] Eric, I believe the strength of our offense this season will be the running game. With that being said I believe Zaire adds another dimension to the ground game that Kizer does not. I know Kizer is a decent runner but Zaire is another level. Which makes me want to see Zaire under center this season. Thoughts?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:54 Scott
2:54
Eric Hansen: What about when you need to throw and you're down 6 with two minutes to play?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:54 Eric Hansen
2:54
[Comment From Ace Lincoln, NEAce Lincoln, NE: ] Eric, it seamed in the spring and all camp that Coach Kelly was reminding us to not forget about Dexter and how well he was doing... But yesterday's press conference when talking about the running backs not much about Dex?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:54 Ace Lincoln, NE
2:55
Eric Hansen: I think that's because he's uncertain of his status for Sunday due to ND's disciplinary arm needing to review his case.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:55 Eric Hansen
2:55
[Comment From Ken- Pensacola, Fla.Ken- Pensacola, Fla.: ] Coach Kelly seemed to be a bit cautiously nervous at his press conference when talking about Texas. I got the feeling he’s not really ready in all aspects of his preparation. What was your take? Thanks – Go Irish
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:55 Ken- Pensacola, Fla.
2:56
Eric Hansen: I think he was preoccupied with answering the discipline questions as openly and fairly as he was allowed to.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:56 Eric Hansen
2:56
[Comment From Erik, South BendErik, South Bend: ] At the risk of jinxing the entire season: Other than safety, what position are we the most ill-prepared to survive an injury to a starter?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:56 Erik, South Bend
2:57
Eric Hansen: Middle linebacker.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:57 Eric Hansen
2:57
[Comment From Tom, Kennesaw, GATom, Kennesaw, GA: ] Do you expect our opponents to try to be physical with our WR's? If so will that open up some areas for the TE's to catch more than they did last year? Which WR do you think will best be able to handle physical coverage? Thanks. Go Irish!!!
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:57 Tom, Kennesaw, GA
2:59
Eric Hansen: They may try that ... and may have scattered success with it early in the season. I do think the tight ends will be more prominent in the offense than last year. I think Hunter handles physical coverage the best ... and other types of coverage as well.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 2:59 Eric Hansen
3:01
[Comment From Teddy - MinneapolisTeddy - Minneapolis: ] Noticed Wimbush is wearing a knee brace in practice this year - is that a new thing? Was there an injury I missed?
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 3:01 Teddy - Minneapolis
3:02
Eric Hansen: I didn't notice it in the spring, so it's a good question to ask. I'll find out.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 3:02 Eric Hansen
3:02
Eric Hansen: That's going to have to do it for today. Thanks for all the great questions. We'll be back to do this all again at noon ET.
 Wednesday August 31, 2016 3:02 Eric Hansen
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