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Irish Insights


Notre Dame practice report: April 9

SOUTH BEND – Notre Dame finished the practice portion of spring drills outside Wednesday.

It was the fifth time the Irish have been able to work outside since practices opened March 3, and the first time the outdoor work coincided with the media being able to attend practice.

The final 30 minutes of Wednesday's practice were open for viewing with the Irish working on red zone and third-down plays.

Offensive lineman Steve Elmer was not at practice because of a stomach illness that has been going around the team, according to coach Brian Kelly. This offered a new look for the first-team offensive line with Matt Hegarty shifting from center to Elmer's left guard spot and Mark Harrell taking over at center.

Hegarty, who is working at center as last year's starter Nick Martin receovers from a knee injury, has worked at guard, and Harrell has worked at center during the spring. But neither has been on the first-team line at the same time.

The rest of the first-team line remained the same with Ronnie Stanley at left tackle, Conor Hanratty at right guard and Mike McGlinchey at right tackle.

Notre Dame was working 7-on-7 in the red zone when the media was let into practice.

Everett Golson went 3 for 6 during the drill with Amir Carlisle catching two touchdown passes and tight end Ben Koyack getting the third. Malik Zaire went 1 for 4 in the red zone with a touchdown throw to Chris Brown, who he targeted all four times.

The Irish then moved to 11-on-11 work, starting in the red zone.

Golson took three snaps from the 12-yard line, failing to get a touchdown. Zaire also had three reps with one resulting in a touchdown on a handoff to Greg Bryant.

Golson and Zaire then faced third-and-six situations. Cam McDaniel had four-yard run on one play, there were two incompletions and Zaire was sacked on one play.

Notre Dame closed practice working on two-minute drills, starting at the 40-yard line and third-and-4.

Golson had two series with the first ending with two incompletions and the second featured Koyack getting into the red zone on a big gain. But the Golson had his next pass deflected and intercepted by safety Max Redfield.

Zaire threw four incompletions on his first series, and he ended practice with two incompletions on his next series.