Aug. 27, 2001
After enduring a tough scrimmage on Sunday night, the Notre Dame football coaching staff reviewed game film on Monday and took what they saw to practice.
Bob Davie and his staff spent Monday’s practice relaying to the football team what needed to be worked on.
“It is obvious that we are going to need to scrimmage again,” Davie said.
The Irish will do exactly that on Friday night. Once again, Davie will take his team into the stadium to simulate game-like conditions.
“When we were out there, we sensed a high level of competition, excitement about scrimmaging and a lot of intensity,” Davie said about Sunday night’s play.
Davie took Monday’s practice to correct errors. The team practiced only in helmets and shoulder pads.
With JW Jordan out for four to six weeks with a knee injury, the job of backup center is up for grabs. Junior Jeff Faine still has a lock on the starting position.
“We are going to work Ryan Scarola at backup center for 100 percent of the time,” Davie said. “Also we are going to use John Teasdale at backup center for 20 percent of the time. John is going to stay at guard and hopefully become a starting guard.”
MOVING ON UP
Jason Beckstrom managed to catch the coaching staff’s eye during Sunday’s scrimmage. His coverage ability, quickness and strength are all factors that stood out in his performance.
“He is pretty experienced,” Davie said about the cornerback. “As far as raw coverage, he gives us a guy that can mark up and play man.”
Beckstrom is currently competing for a starting position at cornerback. He is going up against senior Clifford Jefferson. Shane Walton has the other position locked up.