Blue and Gold Illustrated

February 2015

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

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UNDER THE DOME "There are just certain things about this group that excite you that I've never said before," Holtz said on National Signing Day. 20 Years Ago: Feb. 9, 1995 Following four straight No. 1-ranked recruiting classes from 1987-90, Notre Dame follows with four so-so hauls from 1991-94, resulting in a 6-5-1 record in 1994. The Irish return to the top on National Signing Day 1995 with vigor that under new recruiting coordina- tor Bob Chmiel and first-year offensive coordinator Dave Roberts, renowned as one of the nation's elite recruiters in the South. The nation's top game-breaker, West Virginia's Randy Moss, and USA Today Defensive Player of the Year Kory Minor, a linebacker from California, highlight the 25-man class. The harvest includes four other USA Today first-team All-Americans (linemen Mike Rosenthal, Tim Ridder and Jerry Wisne, and defensive end/linebacker Jimmy Friday), dual-threat quarterback Jarious Jackson and future all-time leading rusher Autry Denson, whose first look will be at cornerback. "I don't think that I stood up here before and had a more impressive list of people coming in," 10th-year head coach Lou Holtz said. "The last couple of years have not as successful as what we would like, but this year has really been a solid one. "I wish freshmen weren't eligible and I was the freshman coach. … Now, is this class going to learn and adjust and accept Notre Dame, and be as close and unselfish as that [1990) class?" — Lou Somogyi 1-800-421-7751 • Notre Dame "Eglomise" Framed Print $59.95 FREE S&H* Notre Dame "Eglomise" style digital photos reproduce the transparency effect of an image reverse-painted on glass. Choice of Campus or Stadium style. • Digital matting resembles real mats • Official interlocking ND logo • Image size 11x14, MDF frame size 13x16 • Protective glass front • Made in U.S.A.

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