Practice Report: March 25
The Irish went back outside Wednesday, donning full pads at the LaBar Practice Complex for the spring's fourth workout. Notre Dame's newest practice staple returned to the scene too as Joe Montana looked on from the sidelines. Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville also made an appearance, sporting a Notre Dame jacket.
The defense opened with the pursuit drill, offering a peak at the depth chart in the 4-3 base.
The first team: defensive ends Kapron Lewis-Moore and John Ryan, defensive tackles Ethan Johnson and Ian Williams, linebackers Brian Smith, Scott Smith and Toryan Smith, cornerbacks Robert Blanton and Raeshon McNeil, safeties Harrison Smith and Kyle McCarthy.
The second team: defensive ends Morrice Richardson and Emeka Nwankwo, defensive tackles Brandon Newman and Hafis Williams, linebackers Zeke Motta, Steve Filer and David Posluszny, cornerbacks Darrin Walls and Jamoris Slaughter, safeties Sergio Brown and Danny McCarthy.
Caught a glimpse of the first-team nickel package too, where Richardson played end and Lewis-Moore moved inside. Brown worked as the nickel back, a position he held down last season. McNeil came out as the second team nickel back.
Harrison Smith caught some flak from Charlie Weis for bad pursuit angles during the pursuit drills. As noted by a fellow reporter, "Hayseed" could play Tim Riggins in the hypothetical Notre Dame version of Friday Night Lights. Excellent call.
Spotted Darius Fleming running through linebacker drills later in practice without aftereffects of the shoulder surgery he underwent this off-season. His absence continues to give serious reps to Zeke Motta at the SAM linebacker position.