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Practice Six Behind The Irish

Aug. 7, 2017

Culver, Indiana – After its NCAA mandated off day, the Notre Dame football team returned to Oliver Field at Culver Academies for the sixth practice of 2017 preseason camp on Monday, Aug. 7. Fighting Irish Media had exclusive access as fall camp continued.

Quite simply, the weather was absolutely perfect. After multiple days with the heat index in the mid-90s and another day with it remarkably in the mid-50s, Monday’s 24-period practice was welcomed with clear, blue skies and temperatures in the low-70s.

Notre Dame dedicated five periods to 11 on 11 drills, including two that focused on run and play-action pass. The final three periods of practice, also 11 on 11, specifically concentrated on third down.

After lunch and a little bit of down time, the Irish offense hit the weight room, while the defense split up into position meetings — both lasted about 60 minutes before the two units flipped. Notre Dame’s defense then lifted, while the offense met.

Both the offense and defense finished the day’s football-related activities with a walk-thru before closing the penultimate day at Culver with the traditional bonfire and smores feast.

Gregg Doyel of the IndyStar wrote a great personality piece on former Irish safety and all-around good, but weird, guy, Matthias Farley. Read here Brad Almquist penned a nice piece for the Boston Globe on new Irish walk-on Chris Bury. Read here

In honor of Ara Parseghian, will provide a note about the coach for each day of preseason camp. Today’s nugget:

Notre Dame’s defense allowed just 213.6 yards per game over his 11-year coaching career. The Irish defense never finished lower than 15th nationally in total defense.

Alan Page, a consensus All-America pick in 1966, ’88 NFL Hall of Fame enshrinee and ’93 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, was born on Aug. 7, 1945. He was a first-round choice of the Minnesota Vikings in the 1967 NFL Draft (15th overall selection). Page played in four Super Bowls with Minnesota and earned NFL Most Valuable Players honors in 1971. He received the NCAA Silver Anniversary award in 1992 and was elected to the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1993. Page was voted one of the top 100 Minnesotans of the century and one of the 100 most important Minnesota sport figures in history. A lawyer, Page was elected to Minnesota Supreme Court in 1992 and served until his retirement in 2015.

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