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Preseason Practice Update - August 6

Aug. 6, 2016

CULVER, Indiana – Full Preseason Camp Coverage | Today’s Videos | Today’s Top Tweets

By Michael Bertsch and Leigh Torbin

For the third consecutive season, the Notre Dame football team started its preseason camp in a summer camp-like setting, about an hour south of campus at Culver Academies. One of the nation’s elite college preparatory schools served as a fine host for one of the nation’s elite college football programs in 2014 and 2015 making the decision to continue the relationship into 2016 an easy one.

After enjoying a morning trip through the omelet stations, the Irish kicked off practice with an unpadded session as the team works its way through the NCAA’s acclimation period.

The Irish took to the field with gusto for two hours as they begin to hone their plays and solidify the lineup that will face Texas in front of over 100,000 fans on ABC national television on Sunday night, September 4, in Austin, Texas.

As always, Fighting Irish Media is embedded with the Irish throughout the year and a sampling of today’s videos is below along with a collection of tweets both from and about the team. Check back here daily through the start of classes in two weeks for regular feature stories, notebooks and more exclusive video clips and interviews from both Culver and back on the Notre Dame campus.

Here’s a little “By The Numbers” that covers operations, video, personnel and equipment:

212 — Travel party
107 — iPads
107 — student-athletes
87 — barrack rooms
60 — reams of paper
26 — student equipment managers
30 — laptops
22 — student athletic-trainers
16 — police motorcycles in team’s escort
16 — golf carts, including two six seaters
10 — coaches
8 — staff houses
8 — graduate assistants and analysts
6 — walkie talkies
5 — team busses
5 — full-time athletic trainers
5 — strength and conditioning coaches
5 — student video personnel
4 — video cameras for coach film
4 — toro utility vehicles
3 — semi trucks full of gear
2 — full-time equipment managers
2 — full-time video personnel
2 — data base and video servers
1 — Keurig

Tomorrow’s “By The Numbers” will cover strength and conditioning, sports medicine and nutrition.

Today’s Video Content

Today’s Top Photos

Today’s Top Tweets


Michael Bertsch, director of football media relations at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2006. An Akron, Ohio, native, he graduated from Walsh University (Ohio) in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and also received his master’s degree in health and physical education with an emphasis in sports administration from Marshall University in 2001.

Leigh Torbin, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2013 serves as the football publicity team’s top lieutenant and coordinates all media efforts for Notre Dame’s lacrosse teams. A native of Framingham, Massachusetts, Torbin graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management. He has previously worked full-time on the athletic communications staffs at Vanderbilt, Florida, Connecticut and UCF.