SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Spring football is under way at Notre Dame. And if the snowbanks at every turn of campus weren't an indication, the sight of a No. 5 throwing footballs in a red jersey again sure was.
Yes, all eyes were on Everett Golson during his first Irish practice in nearly a year, with Avicii's "Levels" blasting once stretching was done and the tempo drill was under way. The media was able to view the first 30 minutes of practice from a balcony in the Loftus Sports Complex, with Golson and the offense running tempo on the far end of the field and the defense getting into gear right below us.
Golson is set to meet the media after practice for the first time since his return to school so we will have more on him later on Monday. As for what could be gathered about his weapons with the 2014 season still far away …
The first-team offensive line consisted of, from left to right, Ronnie Stanley, Steve Elmer, Matt Hegarty, Christian Lombard and Mike McGlinchey. Corey Robinson, Chris Brown and C.J. Prosise were running with the first team at receiver, while Tarean Folston saw some action in the backfield, and Ben Koyack was at tight end.
The second-team offensive line, again from left to right, was made up by Hunter Bivin, Conor Hanratty, Mark Harrell, John Montelus and Colin McGovern. Malik Zaire ran the show with that group, with Will Fuller (now No. 7), Torii Hunter Jr. and Amir Carlisle seeing action at receiver. Greg Bryant and Cam McDaniel split time in the backfield.
Defensively, the Irish used a four-man front on the first team, with Romeo Okwara and Ishaq Williams on the edge and Sheldon Day and Jarron Jones inside. Jaylon Smith, Joe Schmidt and Kendall Moore were at linebacker, while KeiVarae Russell and Cole Luke was at corner and Max Redfield and Austin Collinsworth were at safety.
We'll have more later on Monday, as Golson will be joined by seven other players, plus coach Brian Kelly, following the completion of spring practice No. 1.