Notre Dame offensive practice notes 3-8

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — Very few things are concrete on the first day of spring practice, but Brandon Wimbush’s velocity is indisputable. Notre Dame’s junior quarterback looked crisp in drills on Wednesday, regularly hitting his target and separating himself from sophomore back up Ian Book.

In the practice’s early tempo drill, Wimbush’s fellow starters were running back Josh Adams, left tackle Mike McGlinchey, left guard Quenton Nelson, center Sam Mustipher, right guard Alex Bars, right tackle Tommy Kraemer, tight end Durham Smythe and wide receivers Equanimeous St. Brown, C.J. Sanders and Chris Finke. Bars, who started all 12 games at right tackle last season, slid in to right guard to allow Kraemer — a former five-star recruit who redshirted in 2016 — to claim the right tackle spot.

Wide receivers Chase Claypool and Miles Boykin and running back Dexter Williams ran with the second unit on Wednesday.

Smythe made perhaps the catch of the day in 1-on-1 drills against the Irish defensive backs, tipping a ball up to himself with one hand before eventually hauling it in. Claypool and Boykin were inconsistent, recording both impressive catches and noticeable drops.

Early enrollee tight end Brock Wright also had a nice moment in 1-on-1 drills, beating safety Drue Tranquill on a crossing route that he then took up the field. Following the catch, junior tight end Alizé Jones — who also participated fully — applauded him, yelling, “There’s one! There’s one!”

Despite adding nine pounds this offseason, sophomore running back Tony Jones Jr. looked compact in his 5-foot-11, 224-pound frame. Jones could find work as a short yardage back at the very least this fall.

Sophomore Deon McIntosh, who head coach Brian Kelly said on Tuesday is the fastest player on the offense and is listed both as a running back and wide receiver, practiced with the receivers on Wednesday.

On the injury front, sophomore wide receiver Javon Mckinley (broken fibula) ran through some of the early drills with a nearly imperceptible limp.

Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush (7) runs drills during spring practice at the Loftus Sports Center, Wednesday, March 8, 2017 in South Bend. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ