Well, we're back in South Bend and at the first spring practice and, sorry, Charlie -- these guys don't look too much bigger than when we last saw them twirly-birding off the field in Northern California.
- Starting with sophomore quarterback Jimmy Clausen, the California kid doesn't look to be much bigger than last season -- even though he did gain a significant amount of weight up to 212 pounds. But as Weis did with many of the players earlier today, he said it was lean muscle gain.
- Good news for Asaph Schwapp. For the first time in a while, he's able to sidestep -- doing the drills along with all his other teammates.
- Suspended tight end Will Yeatman was at practice, throwing the ball around with Notre Dame Director of Football Personnel Tim McDonnell. Apparently Yeatman has a pretty good spiral.
- Notre Dame athletic director Kevin White and men's basketball coach Mike Brey were at practice.
- Offensive tackle Sam Young is still a giant -- but not as much giant as a 330-pounder might seem.
- Early-enrollee freshman offensive lineman Trevor Robinson has John Sullivan's old number -- and already looks meaner than the former center. Meet Robinson, a native of Elkhorn, Neb.: He has long, wavy hair that comes way out of his helmet and tattoos that wrap most of his arms coming out of his jersey. Dude looks like an offensive lineman -- just not big enough yet.
- Center Dan Wenger was wearing what appeared to be a yellow cast on his left wrist. It was either that or a really bulky tape job.
- All size aside, Chris Stewart looks a lot bigger.
- To give you an idea of tight end depth: When Bernie Parmalee ran across the field during drills, four players followed. That's it. That's all of Notre Dame's tight ends this spring. And none of them looked particularly big, either.
- Weis spent much of the media portion of practice with his arms folded, not saying a word as he watched the offensive line.
- One of Jimmy Clausen's only red jersey counterparts -- sophomore walk-on Nick Lezynski of Newton, Pa. -- looks awful small for a quarterback. Well, he actually looks like a pee-wee player in his No. 12 Irish jersey. It could be because he's all of 5-foot-8, 157 pounds.
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-By Michael Rothstein of The Journal Gazette