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Spring practice video breakdown

Amir Carlisle

Notre Dame running back Amir Carlisle reacts as he changes fields to run more drills with teammates during practice, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at the Miami Dolphins’ training facility in Davie, Fla. Notre Dame is scheduled to play Alabama on Monday, Jan. 7, in the BCS national championship NCAA college football game. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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We got our first behind-the-scenes look at spring practice, courtesy of UND.com’s FIDM team. And while it’s just a snippet of the usual spring goings on, fundamentals with a sprinkle of scrimmage footage here and there, that’s all you can ask for in March.

As we’ve done in the past, here’s a rather excessive look at the video -- breaking down what you’re seeing, and then doing our best to leap to some serious conclusions.
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0:10 -- That’s senior wide receiver Daniel Smith (#87) breaking down the troops, leading you to believe that the veteran has taken a leadership role during the offseason. Smith’s numbers catching the ball aren’t all that impressive, but he’s a great blocker on the edge, something Kelly has talked openly about.

0:19 -- Not sure who cleared the new music, but I’m liking it. And if you’re a video dork, think looks like a new HD camera as well. (7D maybe?)

0:21 -- Blink and you might have missed it, but this could be our first look at the starting offensive line. From right tackle over, you can spot Christian Lombard (#74), Conor Hanratty (#65), Matt Hegarty (#77), Chris Watt (#66) and Zack Martin (#70).

0:25 -- I think Louis Nix (#1) might win the award for the biggest man to ever wear the number one on his jersey.

0:28 -- That’s Carlo Calabrese (#44) pushing a blocking sled. Riveting.

0:29 -- And Troy Niklas (#85) works on some in-line blocking techniques. Fifteen years ago, you’d throw Niklas at left tackle and he’d be a first round draft pick. At almost 6-foot-7, and 260-pounds, he’s already benching 29 reps of 225 and doesn’t have an ounce of fat on him. Scary athlete.

0:34 -- Great throw (and pretty camera work). If we’re jumping to conclusions based off of three second clips, Everett Golson sure looks comfortable as the alpha dog.

0:40 -- That’s Tony Springmann (#69), the Big Ginger, working on pass rush moves in a one-on-one situation with Chris Watt. Springmann is down about 15 pounds, so we might need to modify that nickname.

0:42 -- That’s Chase Hounshell (#50) working against Lombard. A shoulder injury kept Hounshell off the field for most of the season, a blessing in disguise for the now junior, who has impressed Kelly and the staff with his offseason work.

0:48 -- Not sure what we see here other than great cinematography. Maybe they got Caleb Deschanel to shoot this?

0:52 -- After a quick throw from Golson, watch freshman quarterback Malik Zaire (#8) take a nice mental rep, right by the head coach’s side. Smart.

1:02 -- Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco gets the defense fired up. You can see some of the added weight Ben Councell (#30) put on in the offseason.

1:08 -- Tony Alford coaches up running back Cam McDaniel (#33).

1:12 -- A quick look at receivers coach Mike Denbrock, with CJ Prosise (#20) standing by. It’ll be an interesting spring for Prosise, who clearly has the Irish intrigued as an athlete and a football player. Prosise was dropped down to outside linebacker last fall when numbers looked bleak after Danny Spond’s injury and now is moonlighting as a wideout. That’s impressive versatility.

1:13 -- Bobby D on the prowl...

1:16 -- Mike Elston coaching up the defensive line. You can almost see how small Tyler Stockton (#92) is relative to Nix and others.

1:17 -- Chuck Martin, likely coaching -- and telling a joke -- to quarterbacks Everett Golson and Tommy Rees.

1:20 -- That’s Niklas catching a short out route in front of Matthias Farley (#41).

1:24 -- Chris Brown (#2) gets an inside release on Josh Atkinson (#24) and beats him on a quick post.

1:30 -- Justin Utupo (#53) and Sheldon Day (#91) work a pass rush drill.

1:33 -- Springmann and Jarron Jones (#94) take on blocking dummies. When Jones makes Springmann (6-5.5, 284) look rather small, you start getting an idea how big these defensive linemen are.

1:38 -- Freshman tight end Mike Heuerman (#9) fights off Matthias Farley for a nice catch, courtesy of Andrew Hendrix‘s pass. The youngster looks good.

1:45 -- Austin Collinsworth (#28) makes a nice play breaking up a pass to George Atkinson (#4). Positive: Atkinson is going vertical in the pass game. Negative: Pass wasn’t caught. Positive: Nice coverage by Collinsworth on an elite speedster. Negative: Eh.

1:48 -- Oh boy, that’s a nice look at Amir Carlisle (#3) catching the ball in the open field and turning on the jets. If this is what not-quite 100 percent looks like, look out for this fall. Here’s hoping that in year four of the offense we see a little bit more of the flexibility in the offense that’ll get Carlisle his touches.

1:55 -- It’s hard to tell who made the throw, but someone overthrew DaVaris Daniels on a deep corner route and Farley makes a nice play on the ball. Not a throw you want to get used to making, but certainly an interception that’d be great to see next year.

2:07 -- Cornerback KeiVarae Russell (#6) makes a nice play breaking up a pass to walk-on receiver Arturo Martinez (#86).

2:13 -- Coach Kelly breaks down the team at the end of our practice video.