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Irish Work Through Heat Again In Third Practice

Aug. 5, 2018

CULVER, Indiana — The No. 11 Notre Dame football team held its third practice of 2018 on another hot, steamy day at Culver Academies on Sunday, August 5.

Temperatures were in the 90s, with a heat index nearing 100 degrees and the only relief coming in the form of a 12-18 MPH breeze. As the Irish continued through the NCAA-mandated acclimatization period, they practiced in shells for the first time after two days with no pads. After another day in shells on Monday, Notre Dame can go full pads on Tuesday.

The players and coaches have begun to settle into the routine of camp, with the timing of the day’s meals, practice and meetings mirroring the first two days. The heat has placed an added emphasis on recovery and hydration.

On the practice field, the Irish had the opportunity to shine in several competitive situations. Notre Dame had three periods of 11-on-11 as well as multiple periods of both 1-on-1 and 7-on-7. Fighting Irish Media’s Jack Nolan caught up with Dick Corbett Head Football Coach Brian Kelly to get the coach’s thoughts on the session. Nolan also chatted with senior wide receiver Miles Boykin on the progress of the wideouts thus far.

After meetings, dinner and Sunday mass for the team, the Irish are back at it with practice number four at Oliver Field on Monday morning.

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.
  • Practice number two saw Tommy Kraemer (offense), Drue Tranquill (defense) and Nicco Fertita (special teams) collect the nod.
  • Saturday’s news included an announcement from ESPN that the popular College GameDay show will air live from the Notre Dame campus on Saturday, Sept. 1, in advance of the season-opener with Michigan. @NDFootball had some fun with the announcement and you can check out the video here.

See you September 1, @desmondhoward.#GoIrish â˜˜ï¸ #IrishWearGreen

— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) August 4, 2018

Practice number four sees the Irish continue in helmets and shoulder pads before full pads in practice five.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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