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Sept. 25, 2017

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

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Page 12 of 55 SEPT. 25, 2017 13 THEY SAID IT "Mike Brey has coached Notre Dame to 24-plus wins in four of the past five seasons with NBA talent and experienced rosters. The Fighting Irish are a fascinating team because they don't project to have a lot of depth, yet [senior forward Bonzie] Colson and [senior guard Matt] Farrell may wind up as two of the league's six or seven best players. Can they be good enough to get Notre Dame to last year's status? That status: a 5 seed." Matt Norlander of CBS Sports on Miami (Fla.) at Notre Dame (Feb. 19) being one of the top 10 ACC games in 2018 "For as eager as detractors will be to pounce on Notre Dame the week after it re-entered the major polls, though, it's possible this will mark the lowest point of its season. The Fighting Irish's schedule opens up from here, with four consecutive games against squads far less formidable than Georgia: At Boston College (Sept. 16), at Michigan State (Sept. 23), vs. Miami of Ohio (Sept. 30) and at North Carolina (Oct. 7). Notre Dame should be able to brush off this loss to win at least three of those games, which would put it in decent shape heading into an Oct. 21 meeting with No. 6 USC." — Chris Johnson of Sports Illustrated "It was a 500-day journey. 500 days since Jaylon Smith was drafted in the second round, roughly 30 spots lower than he should've been drafted, were it not for that gruesome knee injury suffered in Notre Dame's bowl game the January prior. A no-doubt, surefire top-five pick, with talent for days, a fiery passion for the game and a set of physical gifts few are born with. Instead drafted where some [read: crazy] teams draft kickers. 500 days. Blood. Sweat. Grind. What Jaylon calls his 'Clear Eye View.' All leading up to a Sunday night showcase, where he hardly left the field. I'm not sure how we got here so fast. But the "eh, I don't knowwww"-ers? Yeah, they're gone." — Mike Leslie of WFAA (Dallas-Fort Worth ABC affiliate part of TEGNA Media, owned by Gannett Company) "At the end of the day, this young man gives us hope. He gives you an opportunity to make plays. When I looked up, the game was 21-10, and here we are in the fourth quarter with a chance to win the game late in the game and that's because of some plays he made. That is what you expect out of your quarterback. We are talking about a young rookie quarterback who is one of the youngest players in the league at that position. That is exciting for me. It's exciting for our organization." — Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson on former Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer ( OF THE WEEK "'Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.' – Abe Lincoln." Senior rover Drue Tranquill (@DTranquill) PHOTO BY JOE RAYMOND UNDER THE DOME NOTRE DAME BLANKETS *Please add sales tax in IN, MI, and NC Call for best shipping rates on multiple items! BLUE AND GOLD ILLUSTRATED PO BOX 2331 • DURHAM, NC 27702 800-421-7751 Visit our online store for more tailgating items! Item #6338 Mascot Throw 50" x 60" $26.95+ $7.99 S&H Item #6371 Huddle Throw 50" x 60" $22.95+ $7.99 S&H Item #6389 All-Weather Blanket 50" x 60" $34.95 + $7.99 S&H Item #6377 Raschel Throw 50" x 60" $29.95+ $7.99 S&H Item #6370 Classic Fleece 50" x 60" $19.95+ $7.99 S&H

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