Brian Kelly, eight Irish players and the entire coaching staff met with the media
AP coach of the year honor now alongside Home Depot, Walter Camp and FWAA/Eddie Robinson selections.
UND.com takes you inside Football 101 for 2012 as we tag along with two of the participants in the third-annual event to benefit the Kelly Cares Foundation.
UND.com talks to Irish coaches and the four players battling for the top quarterback spot on the depth chart this spring.
UND.com's spring practice update for Friday, April 13, 2012, focuses on offensive coordinator Chuck Martin.
Notre Dame offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Chuck Martin meets with the media after practice on April 4, 2012.
UND.com's practice update for March 28 takes a close look at the quarterback position battle, as four players vie for the starting spot in 2012.
Images from Friday of Notre Dame preparing for the BCS National Championship Game.
The Fighting Irish finished the regular season undefeated and No. 1 for the first time since 1988.
Martin switched sides of the ball in 2012 and serves as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach after working with the Irish secondary from 2010-11.
Notre Dame averaged 189.38 yards rushing (2,462 yards in 13 games) and 222.7 yards passing (2,896). Only two Irish teams have ever achieved the 200-200 in both categories: the 1977 national champions averaged 231.9 rushing and 208.1 passing, and the 1970 team that finished No. 2 averaged 257.8 rushing and 252.7 passing.
Notre Dame was one of 26 teams in the FBS to average at least 189 yards on the ground and 200 yards the air.
Martin has been vital in the development of first-year quarterback Everett Golson. Golson started 11 games in 2012 and led the Irish to victories in all but one contest. Golson led Notre Dame to 10 straight wins to open his starting career, which was the second-most in school history. Bob Williams holds the school record as he guided Notre Dame to victories in his first 11 career starts. Golson was the first quarterback in school history to lead the Irish to road victories over top-10 foes in his first two respective road starts.
Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Martin was head coach at Grand Valley State for six seasons, following Kelly who served as the Lakers head coach from 1991-2003. While coaching the NCAA Division II school in Allendale, Mich., Martin directed the Lakers offense, continuing the same offensive system Kelly installed.
From 2004-09, the Grand Valley State offense led by Martin averaged 35.1 points per game, 427 total yards and 208 rushing yards per game.
The Lakers ranked in the top 25 nationally in total offense in five of six seasons and ranked in the top 27 in scoring offense in all but one season.
Grand Valley State scored at least 30 points in 56 of 81 games and scored at least 40 points in 34 contests.
Martin produced quarterbacks that became finalists for the Harlon Hill Award, presented annually to the NCAA Division II Player of the Year, four times in six years (Cullen Finnerty in 2006; Brad Iciek from 2007-09).
Grand Valley State's starting quarterbacks combined to throw 184 TDs and only 41 interceptions (average of 31 TDs and 7 INTs per season) under Martin and had an average passer efficiency mark of 159.9 in his six years directing the offense (a 159.9 efficiency rating in 2011 would have ranked 10th in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision).
Martin's offense produced a 1,000-yard rusher all six seasons he was in control of the Lakers offense. Four of the top 10 single-season rushing leaders and five of the 11 best single-season passing seasons happened from 2004-09.
Grand Valley State's all-time leaders in career rushing and passing played for Martin and seven offensive players earned Associated Press first-team All-America accolades under Martin's watch.
In the season prior to Martin's arrival at Notre Dame, the Irish ranked 76th in the nation in pass defense and 82nd in pass efficiency defense. Notre Dame ranked 38th in pass defense and 58th in pass efficiency defense in 2011.
Focused on safeties in 2011 and got great performances from senior Harrison Smith, senior Jamoris Slaughter and junior Zeke Motta.
Smith ranked second on the Irish with 90 tackles and became the 11th Notre Dame player to reach 300 career tackles. His 222 career tackles as a defensive back are the fifth most in school history.
Motta and Slaughter combined to record 85 tackles, two interceptions and four pass breakups in 2011.
In first season at Notre Dame, helped improve the defensive statistical categories when compared to 2009: passing defense (76th to 54th) and pass efficiency defense (82nd to 25th).
Members of his secondary combined to total 15 of team's 18 interceptions and 28 of team's 46 passes broken up in 2010.
The improved coverage and tackling by the defensive backs under Martin led to the Irish allowing only 10.2 yards per completion in 2010, the fewest yards allowed by a Notre Dame defense since 1993. The 10.2 yards per completion average was seventh-best in the FBS in 2010.
Smith became one of Notre Dame's most consistent players as he ranked fourth in nation with team-best seven interceptions and was second on Irish with 93 tackles.
Named one of top 25 recruiters in nation by ESPN.com in February 2011 and was named to Rivals.com's Tom Dienhart's second team assistant coach dream team coaching staff in March 2011.
Led Grand Valley State University to two NCAA Division II national championships and won over 91 percent of his games as Lakers' head coach.
Replaced Brian Kelly as Lakers' head coach after Kelly was named head coach at Central Michigan University.
Under Martin's watch, Grand Valley went 74-7 (.914) and won NCAA Division II national championships in 2005 and 2006. The Lakers were runners-up in 2009.
Guided the Lakers to five Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference championships in six years and posted a 16-4 record in Division II playoffs.
Martin's .914 winning percentage was the second best among active college football coaches, regardless of division (Mount Union's Larry Kehres owned a .925 winning percentage).
A member of the Lakers coaching staff since 2000, Martin helped Grand Valley State post a 122-13 record from 2000-09, including winning 121 of its last 130 games.
As Grand Valley State head coach, helped develop 34 players who earned various All-America honors and 114 players who earned all-GLIAC plaudits, including 56 first-team selections.
The Lakers were ranked number one in the American Football Coaches Association Coaches Poll for 56 of 70 weeks the poll was released during his tenure.
From 2004 to 2009, directed Grand Valley State to 48 consecutive regular-season victories and 45 straight wins in GLIAC action. He also guided the Lakers to a Division II record 40-game winning streak from 2005-07.
Guided the Lakers to 13-2 record and school's fifth consecutive GLIAC championship in 2009. Grand Valley State also made its ninth straight NCAA Division II playoff appearance and advanced to national championship game for third time in five seasons (falling to Northwest Missouri State, 30-23). It marked the sixth time since 2001 the Lakers had advanced to NCAA Division II finals.
The 2008 team turned in its fourth straight undefeated regular season and finished with an 11-1 record. The Lakers advanced to quarterfinals of Division II playoffs before falling to eventual national champion Minnesota-Duluth in double overtime.
The 2007 squad cruised through the regular season undefeated and led GLIAC in scoring defense (14.5 points per game), total defense (303.6 yards per game), pass efficiency defense (95.6) and quarterback sacks (42). The Lakers advanced to the national semifinals but were defeated at Northwest Missouri State.
Claimed his second national championship and Grand Valley State's fourth title in 2006 after the Lakers defeated Northwest Missouri State for the second straight year, 17-14. The win capped off a perfect 15-0 season that saw Grand Valley State outscore its GLIAC foes by an average score of 37.1-14.6.
In his second season as head coach, guided Lakers to an undefeated season (13-0) and their third national championship.
Led Grand Valley State to a 10-3 mark and a berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs (lost in quarterfinals) in first season at the helm in 2004. The 10 wins by Martin were the most of any first-year head coach in school history.
Served as defensive coordinator under Kelly in 2003 and helped the Lakers to the national championship. Grand Valley State rode its defense to the title as it limited its final three opponents in the playoffs to just a field goal apiece.
Coached the linebackers at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, from 1994-95 and also served as head golf coach and assistant baseball coach.
Martin was an All-America safety at Millikin and was also selected as a GTE Academic All-American. He also doubled as an all-conference placekicker for the football team and received academic all-district honors for Millikin's basketball team. He was inducted into the Millikin Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.
S Harrison Smith (Notre Dame); Minnesota Vikings
2012 first-round draft pick
CB Brandon Carr (Grand Valley State); Dallas Cowboys
Started all 64 games at cornerback in first four seasons with Kansas City Chiefs
OL Brandon Barnes (Grand Valley State)
2007 Gene Upshaw Award winner (top offensive lineman in NCAA Division II)
QB Brad Iciek (Grand Valley State)
Harlon Hill Award finalist (top player in NCAA Division II) from 2007-09
QB Cullen Finnerty (Grand Valley State)
2006 Harlon Hill Award runner-up
DL Mike McFadden (Grand Valley State)
2005 and 2006 Gene Upshaw Award winner