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Dismissed Notre Dame safety Max Redfield lands at Indiana University… of Pennsylvania

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A summer after being booted by Notre Dame following an arrest for a misdemeanor marijuana crime, former Notre Dame safety Max Redfield has found a place to continue his college football career for the 2017 season. Redfield will take his game to the world of Division 2 with IUP of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

Redfield was dismissed by Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly last August after being one of five players charged with a misdemeanor marijuana possession offense. Redfield was also charged for possession of a handgun without the proper license to carry a firearm.

Redfield was fourth on the Irish in tackles in 2015 and was slated to be a started for the defense last fall before being shown the door. At IUP, he will instantly be one of the top D2 prospects in the nation, and could remain a potential early-round NFL Draft pick in 2018.

Surprise! Mountain West leads all conferences on Jim Thorpe Award watch list

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Today may be the beginning of college football’s media day season, but it also marks the continuation of watch list season. Today’s watch list reveal came from the Jim Thorpe Award, which named 42 of college football’s top defensive backs. In what may be considered a bit of a surprise as far as watch lists go, the Mountain West Conference landed the most players on the watch list for the award. Take that power conferences!

Six players from the MWC appear on the watch list, including a pair of players from Boise State (Donte Deayon, Darian Thompson). The ACC and Pac-12 each had five players on the watch list, including 2014 semifinalists Jeremy Cash (Duke) and Kendall Fuller (Virginia Tech). The Big 12, Conference USA, MAC and Sun Belt Conference each have four players on the watch list, and the Big Ten, SEC and American Athletic Conference each have three.

2015 Jim Thorpe Award Watch List

Ishmael Adams, UCLA
Mackensie Alexander, Clemson
Tony Annese, Central Michigan
Budda Baker, Washington
Adairius Barnes, Louisiana Tech
Dante Barnett, Kansas State
Vonn Bell, Ohio State
Quin Blanding, Virginia
Kevin Byard, Middle Tennessee
Michael Caputo, Wisconsin
Jeremy Cash, Duke
Tony Conner, Ole Miss
Donte Deayon, Boise State
Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech
Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
Nate Holley, Kent State
Adoreé Jackson, USC
William Jackson, Houston
Randall Jette, Massachusetts
Jonathan Jones, Auburn
Karl Joseph, West Virginia
Damontae Kazee, San Diego State
Montres Kitchens, Troy
Mitch Lane, ULM
Richard Leonard, FIU
William Likely, Maryland
Paris Logan, Northern Illinois
Trent Matthews, Colorado State
Adrian McDonald, Houston
Doug Middleton, Appalachian State
David Mims II, Texas State
Fabian Moreau, UCLA
Parry Nickerson, Tulane
Kevin Peterson, Oklahoma State
Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
Max Redfield, Notre Dame
Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma
Jordan Simone, Arizona State
Weston Steelhammer, Air Force
Darian Thompson, Boise State
JJ Whittaker, San Diego State
Xavier Woods, Louisiana Tech

Shoulder injury places Notre Dame safety on shelf for season

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Notre Dame got a little more of a fight from Purdue than most had expected early on in Indianapolis on Saturday, and the game also cost the Irish a safety for the rest of the 2014 season. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly announced today junior safety Nicky Baratti will miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury suffered during the win over the Boilermakers.

Baratti’s injury was suffered after entering the game to replace Max Redfield. Redfield had been ejected for targeting. After just one play, Baratti was injured. Of course, a shoulder injury is nothing new for Baratti. Baratti also missed the 2013 season due to a shoulder injury and he suffered a dislocated shoulder in Notre Dame’s spring game.

Notre Dame’s depth in the secondary continues to be a concern for the Irish. Austin Collinsworth was lost with an MCL sprain and Eilar Hardy is currently suspended from team activities while an investigation into academic irregularities continues in South Bend. Notre Dame has a bye week to figure some things out and will hope to have some problems solved by the time their next game against Syracuse in MetLife Stadium comes around in two weeks.

Helmet sticker to College Football Talk contributor JJ Stankevitz via CSN Chicago.

Notre Dame adds one more suspension to opener

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As Notre Dame continues to investigate an academic irregularity connected to members of the football program, the Fighting Irish have made a decision to suspend safety Eilar Hardy from team activities and games. That bring the suspension total up to five for this weekend in South Bend as a result of the ongoing investigation into academic dishonesty.

Hardy is a reserve player on the Notre Dame roster, but obvious depth concerns are mounting for the Irish defense in light of this potential academic scandal. Earlier this month Notre Dame suspended wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, linebacker Kendall Moore, cornerback KeiVarae Russell and defensive end Ishaq Williams. All five players will miss the season opener this weekend against Rice.

As noted by JJ Stankevitz on CSN Chicago, the Irish are still relatively deep at the safety position even with this latest suspension news. The Irish have Austin Collinsworth, Max Redfield, Elijah Shumate and Matthias Farley as well as Nicky Baratti available at the safety position.

Notre Dame leaves two safeties home for Stanford game

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When Notre Dame visits Stanford Saturday they will face the Pac 12 North champions without two safeties. Eilat Hardy and Elijah Shumate did not travel with the team for the regular season finale due to a violation of team rules, according to College Football Talk contributor JJ Stankevitz of CSN Chicago.

As noted, the depth concerns for Notre Dame will be somewhat significant against the Cardinal. Look for freshman Max Redfield and sophomore John Turner to take on an increased reserve role for Notre Dame. Fortunately for the Irish, Stanford’s passing offense is not the most lethal. Stanford ranks eighth in the Pac 12 in passing offense with Kevin Hogan completing 60.6 percent of his passes for 2,057 yards, 18 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.

This is not the first time Hardy has been left home when Notre Dame hits the road. Earlier this season Hardy was left home for a road game at Purdue.