When Florida State visits Notre Dame in South Bend on Saturday night Stitched Devonta Freeman Jersey , the Fighting Irish will bust out green jerseys, something they’ve done periodically for decades. The color scheme ND chose was, uh, interesting: It might be a little surprising to consider a game against a 4-5 Florida State to be a special game worthy of special gear, but the Irish are treating it as a Senior Night reward for a team that’s 9-0. Plus, when you’re on course for a Playoff bid, any game is a big game. And FSU and Notre Dame have some deep championship history together.The exact debut for Notre Dame in green jerseys is unknown, but the Irish started wearing them on occasion in the 1920s. Former Irish coach Knute Rockne was first with the idea for his players to put on the shamrock-colored threads, mostly for contrasting purposes, school historians say: The Fighting Irish won that game against Navy, and the green jerseys worked against Navy the next year, 1928 Black Giorgio Tavecchio Jersey , too. The greens came out at various times under different coaches over the years, but not too regularly until Frank Leahy took over in 1942. 1947 Heisman winner Johnny Lujack wore a green jersey when he was on the cover of Life magazine. Leahy’s teams used the green jerseys more often than not during his tenure, and that continued through the Terry Brennan years, which ended in 1958. EbayThe next two coaches, Joe Kuharich and Hugh Devore, only used them sparingly, per the school. In the 1970s, Notre Dame started using the green jerseys to surprise USC.The school’s account of a 1977 game in South Bend: Dan Devine was the Irish’s coach at that point. He had Notre Dame wear green for 44 straight games at one point, up to his last game in 1980. Devine’s Irish were 32-9-1 in green.In 1985, Notre Dame pulled a halftime switch, going from blue jerseys to green at halftime in a game against USC.The Irish were already up 27-0, but coach Gerry Faust had to keep his word: “The rule doesn’t specifically say you cannot do this Giorgio Tavecchio Jersey 2019 ,” Big 12 referee Mike Defee told SB Nation, years later, when asked whether a team these days could do this. “It says players shall wear colors of contrasting color.”Since the ‘80s, the green jerseys have settled in as just an occasional thing.They’re usually reserved for bigger games.“The 1992 Sugar Bowl against Florida sticks out quite a bit,” One Foot Down’s Joshua Vowles told me. “Jerome Bettis ran wild in the white version with green numbers. So dope. Rick Mirer and Bettis doing the Gator chomp is pretty much my favorite picture ever.” They wore them again for the ‘95 Fiesta Bowl, losing to Colorado 41-24. Bob Davie’s 1999 Gator Bowl team lost to Georgia Tech wearing them, and ND lost to Boston College in 2002 in them under Ty Willingham. Thanks to outcomes of certain games while wearing them, some ND fans have unpleasant memories of the jerseys. That BC game “was the classic example of when not to wear them,” OFD’s Vowles said of his most memorable green jersey game memories. “And ND lost. This is why Irish fans cringe at the thought of wearing the green.” More recently, Charlie Weis’ teams went 1-2 in green, losing twice to USC and beating Army: Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesOne of those USC losses was the “Bush Push” game, in which Reggie Bush literally pushed Matt Leinart into the end zone for the winning TD with seconds left: Brian Kelly’s Notre Dame teams are 3-0 in green jerseys. The last time was in 2015 Black Logan Paulsen Jersey , when the Irish beat Boston College at Fenway Park, 19-6. The unis from that game were newer looking, and they look a bit similar to the ones ND will wear against the Noles. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty ImagesThe green is a cool tradition that’s been part of ND’s history for years.Per The Glaze Page’s ND uniform history, ND has worn green jerseys at one point or another in 45 different years, dating back to the 1920s. “To me, the green jerseys are actually really cool and give the team a retro Joe Montana vibe,” lifelong ND fan Jessica Smetana of Sports Illustrated said. But the jersey color is secondary to the results. “I truly do not care, as long as they win.” Since signing with them in 2016, Mohamed Sanu has established himself as a fan favorite in Atlanta. The versatile wide receiver plays an integral role in the offense. His huge frame and veteran savvy provides Julio Jones much-needed support, especially in the red zone. Sanu’s route-running gives them a reliable receiving option who can flourish across different areas. What makes him even more valuable is how he can be used in unorthodox ways. The former Rutgers star is known for his passing credentials. Jaws have been dropped after witnessing his pinpoint accuracy be unleashed. While his wicked right arm is only used once or twice a season, his legs are relied upon on a consistent basis out of the wildcat formation. In this feature, I’ll be looking at one of the more significant plays from the Falcons’ previous game. It will be left out of my weekly GIF review for the purpose of further assessment on why it should be considered as a meaningful moment. Considering how many times they’ve fallen short on short-yardage situations this season; third down conversions shouldn’t be taken lightly. Combine their extensive woes with an explosive run and this is a noteworthy play that deserves recognition.The Falcons faced a third-and-one on their first drive of the game. In what every team views as a favorable position Logan Paulsen Jersey 2019 , Dan Quinn’s team has failed to capitalize on numerous occasions. Not having a true power back does limit them to some extent. The real issues consist of an over-matched interior line featuring two backup guards, and rarely using a traditional full back. Running up the middle behind a notoriously small offensive line without a fullback leaves Ito Smith, who is the preferred short-yardage back over Tevin Coleman, helpless in trying to push forward toward the first down marker.For all the criticism Steve Sarkisian has faced this season, he made one major adjustment to alleviate this issue. Turning a seldom-used play into a near-weekly staple is paying off. Kyle Shanahan only ran the wildcat twice in 2016. Once Sarkisian took over the following season, the increase in usage was evident. Sanu was given more freedom between handing the ball off to Devonta Freeman and taking matters into his own hands. They converted almost every short-yardage situation when operating out of the wildcat. Their success has transferred over into 2018.This is the first time Brian Hill has lined up alongside Sanu. Given his lack of experience, there is a possibility the hand-off (or fake) doesn’t go smoothly and a fumble transpires. Both players know their assignment and perfectly execute them. Bryan Cox Jr. chases Hill on the zone read, which gives Sanu space to operate. Sanu’s quarterback background gives the Falcons an immediate edge in how well he sells the fake. With his play fake, there is only one requirement left for this play to be successful.Austin Hooper is coming from the backside to make the seal block on Eric Reid. Given how well Reid has played this season, it’s not a routine block for the promising tight end. He opts to make contact with Cox Jr. before making the necessary block on Reid. Although it looks a bit awkward, Hooper manages to pick up his assignment and drive the hard-hitting safety away from the ball. That gives Sanu more than enough room to do what he does best. The all-around playmaker knows how to pick up yards after the catch. That attribute transfers over to running out of the backfield. What is normally a six or eight-yard pickup becomes a 24-yard gain. It puts the Falcons in the red zone on a 13-play drive ending with Jones scoring his seventh touchdown of the season.
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