Blue and Gold Illustrated

December 2015 Issue

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

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BY ANDREW OWENS O ne year ago at this time, and into the spring, Fighting Irish fans worried about the potential of over-signing, a practice Notre Dame does not carry out. Even with the possibility of 90 scholarship athletes being around for fall practice, recent history showed that it was more likely that the Irish fall short of the 85-man allowance once the season kicked off against Texas. Indeed, due to a num- ber of factors, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly even had room to provide a scholarship to walk-on running back Josh Anderson in a video that went viral. He also had the luxury of wel- coming back fifth-year senior Chase Hounshell, who converted from de- fensive line to tight end. Including the 18 com- m i t m e n t s c u r r e n t l y pledged for the 2016 recruiting class and all possible fifth-year re- UNDER THE DOME SCHOLARSHIP BREAKDOWN An early look at how next year's 85-man roster might shake out Although he has had to battle through several shoulder surgeries, senior Nicky Baratti might still be needed for a fifth year in 2016 because of a thin safety corps. PHOTO BY BILL PANZICA

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