The Air Force Rally will take place at the Irish Green on the south side of campus, immediately behind the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. The Irish Green, founded in 2009, is one of Notre Dame’s premier outdoor spaces. With Notre Dame’s Campus and the bustling Eddy St. Commons serving as bookends, the Irish Green is a great place to meet some friends, grab a beer, and cheer on the Irish. Coach Kelly and the entire Irish football team will be in attendance at the Friday Pep Rally. Come out and show your support for the 2011 Irish!
Come out to the Irish Green to support Coach Kelly and the 2011 Fighting Irish as they look to beat Air Force and extend their winning streak to four games heading into the bye week.
The two guest speakers for the rally will be former players Jerome Heavens and Vagas Fergusson.
Jerome Heaven (1975-78) – As a freshman in 1975, Heavens rushed for 756 yards and 5.9 yards per carry to establish a Notre Dame freshman rushing record that stood until Darius Walker ran for 786 yards on 185 carries (4.2 yards per carry) in 2004. Still the fifth-leading career rusher in Notre Dame history, Heavens continues to hold Notre Dame’s record for rushing yards in a single game by a freshman (148 yards in 18 carries against Georgia Tech).
Vagas Ferguson (1976-79) – A consensus All-America pick in 1979 . . . finished his career as Notre Dame’s all-time leading groundgainer with 3,472 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns . . . first Irish rusher to gain more than 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons with 1,437 in 1979 following 1,192 in ’78 . . . member of 1977 national championship team . . . named outstanding offensive player of 1978 Cotton Bowl with 100 rushing yards and three TDs . . . finished fifth in ’79 Heisman Trophy voting . . . holds all-time record for rushing yards in a game with 255 vs. Georgia Tech in 1978, and in a season with 1,437 (an average of 130.6 per game) . . . has record for rushing attempts in a season with 301 as well as per-game record at 27.4.