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Irish Hold Penultimate Culver Practice

Aug. 6, 2018

CULVER, Indiana — The 11th-ranked Notre Dame football team held practice number four on Monday morning at Culver Academies. The Irish took to Oliver Field on a muggy, overcast morning to run through another 24-period practice.

Temperatures cooled off from the previous two days, but only into the high 80s and the humidity was dialed up along Lake Maxinkuckee. Dick Corbett Head Football Coach Brian Kelly continues to be pleased with the effort, but has placed a point of emphasis on consistently keeping the energy up during practice.

The energy should go up on Tuesday in practice five, when the Irish take the field in full pads. As Kelly told Fighting Irish Media’s Jack Nolan today, it’s especially good for the Irish running backs to start embracing contact and on the defensive side of the ball, it finally gives players a chance to put into action the techniques they’ve been drilling thus far.

Monday will see the team venture off campus for the first time since arriving at Culver Academies, as the Irish hold team dinner at a local restaurant. Tomorrow’s practice number five is set for the morning and the team will head back up U.S. 31 towards South Bend in the afternoon to continue training on campus for the duration of camp.

Culver Cuts

  • Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has started a new tradition during fall camp. He’ll pick an offensive, defensive and special teams player of the day. The player selected will have best represented the traits necessary to compete for championships. Stay tuned to @CoachBrianKelly on Twitter to see the winners from practice three.
  • Miles Boykin (offense), Troy Pride Jr. (defense) and Jafar Armstrong (special teams) were the honorees for practice number three.
  • The Irish complete the NCAA-mandated acclimatization process as they move to practice five and don full pads. The first two sessions were held in only helmets, while the last two days have taken place in helmets and shoulder pads.
  • Stay tuned to, as Fighting Irish Media will have exclusive coverage of the session.

About Culver

Located 45 minutes south of the University of Notre Dame, Culver Academies features a 1,700-acre campus nestled on the north shore of Lake Maxinkuckee. Athletic facilities include a new athletic turf field, sod practice field, indoor/outdoor tennis complex, hockey rink with two sheets of ice, rowing facility with rowing tanks, team weight room, general fitness center, swimming pool, wrestling room, indoor track, racquetball courts, and five basketball/multipurpose courts.

Culver graduates have played/are playing for the Fighting Irish in fencing, football, hockey, men’s lacrosse, rowing, and softball. Others have played/are playing in the NHL, NFL, and Major League Lacrosse, and have represented the United States in the Winter and Summer Olympics.

Notre Dame’s Knute Rockne and Culver’s Bob Peck played for the Massillon Tigers in 1917. Rockne gave the dedication speech for the Culver Recreation Building in 1924. He also gave a pep talk to Peck’s team prior to the Eagles’ game against St. John’s Military Academy, which was played at Soldier Field on Nov. 8, 1930. Rockne (ND) and Peck (Pitt) are in the College Football Hall of Fame.

“I believe that the great value of athletics lies in keeping the student body physically fit. I know of no place, with the possible exception of the United States Military Academy, where the athletic program is handled as well or where they get the results that they do at Culver.” – Knute Rockne, University of Notre Dame Football Coach, at the dedication of the Culver Recreation Building April 21, 1924

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