Notre Dame’s Chris Finke (10) gets brought down by Alohi Gilman (11) during the Notre Dame Blue-Gold spring football game, Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium. Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN

Defense is supposed to be one of the strengths of Notre Dame’s 2018, with 10 returning starters. So despite surrendering 913 yards on 123 plays in Saturday’s spring game, Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly showed little concern with the progress on that side of the ball. John Fineran | The Associated Press

 Brandon Wimbush isn’t going to be that fiery, red-faced guy you see barking at players in the huddle. You won’t see spit flying out of his mouth, either. He’s more of a calm and cool dude in all situations, despite Brian Kelly’s wishes for a little more oomph. “I’m not that guy,” Wimbush said following Notre Dame’s annual Blue-Gold Game on Saturday. “I just can’t. I fake it when I’m out there and try to yell at you.” bY 

Apr 21, 2018; Notre Dame, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly talks to quarterback Brandon Wimbush (7) in the first quarter of the Blue-Gold Game at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports (Photo: Matt Cashore, Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports)

Here’s what insider Laken Litman took away from Notre Dame’s spring game. Brian Kelly stood behind Brandon Wimbush with his whistle. He threatened to use it if his quarterback took off running. Perhaps luckily for both of them, it never came to that. By Laken Litman

Clark Lea, Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator, discusses a position change for Drue Tranquill. That means former Ben Davis High School star Asmar Bilal assumes a more significant role. ISD Power Hour

The ISD Power Hour crew talk about the Blue/Gold game, and all we’ve learned from these 15 spring practices.  Which players stood out?  Are we feeling better about our concerns after 15 practices?  Where do we see this team trending?  Find out the answer to these questions and more in this episode of Power Hour.  By Mike Frank

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Ok, I didn’t like the scrimmage that much, but as far as spring games go, it was an enjoyable experience. There were a lot of things that happened, both good and bad, but I decided to focus on the good in this write up. Unless you’re a beat writer for the football team, this is everyone’s first extended look at the team. Why nit pick on the bad things when there were so many bright spots to point out?

It may have just been an intrasquad scrimmage in April, but the Blue-Gold Game included the most-consistent performance seen by the public in rising-senior quarterback Brandon Wimbush’s career at Notre Dame. Looking through 2017’s game-by-game stats, no other showing comes very close to Saturday’s 19-of-33 passing for 341 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. By Douglas Farmer

St. Joseph (Metuchen, NJ) offensive tackle John Olmstead the #1 overall high school recruit in the state of New Jersey and just finished taking a visit to Rutgers last week before deciding Notre Dame would be where he plays his collegiate ball after his senior season in 2018. Olmstead, the massive 6-foot-6, 303-pound offensive tackle is the first offensive linemen recruit for the 2019 Notre Dame class.  Olmstead also represents the first player on the offensive side of the ball after QB Cade McNamara de committed  and decided khakis were more comfortable than the blue and gold. By Matt Fairchild

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Notre Dame is putting together some kind of defensive recruiting class for 2019 and they added to their haul on Sunday with one of the best defensive ends in the country – Howard Cross III.  Cross, a recent recipient of a Notre Dame scholarship offer, is Notre Dame’s third 4-star defensive line commitment already for the class of 2019. By  

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The annual Blue and Gold game tends to produce some spring all-stars every year who never end up parlaying their spring performances into fall production so it’s never a great idea put toooo much stock into the results.  That said, one of the biggest take aways from yesterday’s annual scrimmage was the undeniable potential of sophomores Avery Davis and Jafar Armstrong – a pair that both made the transition to hybrid running back/receiver this spring. By 

Notre Dame QB/WR/RB Avery Davis in action in the 2018 Blue & Gold Game. (Photo: © Matt Cashore // USA TODAY Sports)

Go back a month in this space and of the biggest questions entering Notre Dame’s spring practices, a defensive reserve merited mentioning. “Another early-enrolled freshman could be the answer to the question of, who will be the fourth linebacker?” By Douglas Farmer

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