79 days to kickoff: Niles Notre Dame

79 days to kickoff: Niles Notre Dame
June 11, 2014, 1:45 pm
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Edgy Tim

CSNChicago.com is your top destination on the road to the 2014 high school football season. CSN preps contributor “Edgy” Tim O’Halloran will take a look at 100 teams in 100 days, counting down to the opening night kickoff on August 29th.

School: Niles Notre Dame

Head coach: Mike Hennessey

Assistant Coaches: Dan Defranza, Joe Gale, Rob Rosengrant, Pat Gallagher, Dan Bukal, Larry Amidei

Biggest storyline in 2014: Can the Dons find offensive life after Chris James? Graduated running back Chris James (Pitt) has moved on and the Dons will need to replace his offensive production from a season ago.

Name to watch: Senior OL Brian Brand (6-foot-1, 220 pounds) will battle all comers and exemplifies the blue collar approach this fall for the Dons.

Biggest Hole To Fill: Besides replacing RB Chris James the Dons also need to find eight new starters on defense.

EDGY's Early Take: Notre Dame always has talent and hard-nosed kids year-in and year-out. If the Dons can settle on a quarterback, the offense will be fine. If the defense can develop early, all the better here for the Dons. Life is never easy in the East Suburban Catholic Conference.