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Taking a Look at the Spring Game

-Sgt Shamrock

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Its finally here. The 2014 football season begins this Saturday with the 85th Annual Blue Gold game. Its that time of year where the fan base is actually optimistic for a change. Well at least most of the fan base. There are always those outliers who always want to complain about something or another. But I digress. Saturday will be our first glimpse at the 2014 version of the Irish football squad. Now while the spring game is nothing more than a glorified scrimmage and we as fans are not going to see to much of anything in terms of scheme and the playbook, it is a good opportunity to see how some of the individual players have progressed through spring practice and to get an idea of who might be ready to contribute on the field this fall. And almost even more importantly, it will give anyone who is coming to town to watch the game a chance to come by the first ever Down the Tunnel Tailgate with our partners at Indiana Whiskey. So along with meeting good people and enjoying some great whiskey, here are some things to watch for on Saturday.

What to Watch For:

Receiving corps- With Davaris Daniels suspended for the spring and TJ Jones and Troy Niklas headed to the NFL, the Irish receiving corps is going to look very different this spring than what we have grown accustomed to over the last couple years. While some of the young receivers did get playing time last season, Tommy Rees was the one throwing them the ball. In fact only one receiver who is on the roster for the spring game has actually caught a pass from Everett Golson; Chris Brown. While the amount of talent in the receiving corps is not argued, it will be interesting to see how the connection between Golson and receivers like Corey Robinson, Will Fuller, and Justin Brent will look after being away from the team for over a year.

Everett Golson- Speaking of Golson, this will be the first opportunity for Irish fans to see him on the field since he was dismissed from the university last spring. During his time away, Golson worked with renowned quarterback guru George Whitfield and so far the reports out of practice paint Golson as a “Bigger, stronger, and faster” version than before. Yes it is just the spring game, but this will give everyone an opportunity to see how Golson has improved in his year away from the program.

The defensive line- After losing Louis Nix, Stephon Tuitt, and Kona Schwenke to the NFL the defensive line is a bit too thin for my liking. Sheldon Day, who has shown flashes of brilliance so far in his career, is going to have to be the leader in the group and we all expect Ishaq Williams, who was moved to defensive end from OLB this spring, to finally start living up the hype he received when he signed with Notre Dame. Now the defensive line we see Saturday will most likely not include everyone who will receive playing time next season, as incoming freshman like Jay Hayes will almost certainly be among the rotation if not only due to the lack of depth at the positions. Don’t expect to see any new wrinkles in the new defensive scheme that Defensive Coordinator Brian Van Gorder has brought with him to South Bend just yet. Coaches don’t normally do anything but run a plain base defense in a spring game. But it will be nice to see the individual players along the D-line and be able to see who has stepped up to fill in some large voids

It’s good to finally have football back, if only for a short while. The Spring game is always a fun event that helps bring excitement to a new season of Notre Dame football. So if you are in town to attend the game, enjoy the great experience and make sure to stop by the Down the Tunnel tailgate. Indiana Whiskey will be there along with a lot of other delicious beverages, tasty foods, and good people. I have the final details and information for everyone tomorrow so stay tuned. Its going to be a fun weekend. If you are watching from home, just kick back have a drink and enjoy the first glimpse of 2014 Notre Dame Football.  

 

A Partnership forged in Whiskey

– Sgt Shamrock

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On behalf of the entire Down the Tunnel team, I am pleased to announce that we have reached a partnership/sponsorship agreement with the Indiana Whiskey Company based in South Bend, Indiana. The Indiana Whiskey Company is veteran owned and operated and produces truly excellent small batch whiskey. We could not be more excited in our new partner/sponsor joining the Down the Tunnel team.

So what does this mean for you the reader? Well I am glad you asked. Very shortly (hopefully within the next day or so) you will see a tab at the top of the website that will take you directly to Indiana Whiskey’s website. Make sure you click on it and check them out. You will not be disappointed. Vise versa our new friends at Indiana Whiskey will have our site logo that you have come to know and love and a link to Down the Tunnel on their website. We both know that we share the same demographic; Irish fans and whiskey drinkers. In addition to this, the folks at Indiana Whiskey will be providing some of their delicious product for the Down the Tunnel Blue and Gold game tailgate that is taking place on April 12th and will also have a representative on site to talk about their company, answer any questions about their product, and to enjoy some whiskey with loyal Notre Dame fans. So if you are already planning on attending the spring game you have this awesome event to look forward to and if you are not planning on attending then it looks like you may have to rethink your decision. I mean come on guys its Notre Dame Football AND Whiskey. TOGETHER! What more could you ask for. On top of the spring game, our friends at Indiana Whiskey will also be providing their product for select Down the Tunnel tailgates during the football season (TBD which ones). As if enjoying game day at Notre Dame was not awesome enough, now you get to throw in drinking delicious whiskey with good people. Its a win-win for everybody. And once you taste this delicious whiskey, you will have no problem driving to the Indiana Whiskey Distillery to buy some to bring home with you. Its only 10 minutes from campus. Its a no brainer.  

You excited? I thought so. All of us are excited too. Now lets drink some whiskey!!