Notre Dame


Notre Dame had to wait until the seventh round before its first player was picked in the NFL Draft Saturday.


In December, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly went out of his way to praise freshman Alex Bars, saying the offensive lineman was "one of the best I've seen in 25 years" and cautioning his incumbent st


Jaylon Smith led Notre Dame with 112 tackles and nine tackles for a loss, and added three and a half sacks, seven quarterback hurries, two broken up passes and one forced fumble last year.


File this away for a cross-that-bridge-when-we-get-there concern: Notre Dame’s lack of a 13th game very well could hold them back from reaching the College Football Playoff in the near future.