A look at Notre Dame defensive depth chart
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A look at Notre Dame defensive depth chart

Irish return seven starters from a unit limited last year by youth and injuries

Photo: Nyles Morgan (Chicago Tribune photo)

Notre Dame defensive coordinator Mike Elko enjoys a reputation for getting the most out of his talent. His last three Wake Forest defenses were ranked in the top 40 nationally despite zero 4-star recruits.

Now the Irish’s new DC inherits the luxury of 15 players that have been rated 4-stars and one a 5-star coming out of high school. However, as Elko’s defenses at Wake Forest demonstrated, the sum can be greater than the parts. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego, Chargers.com, Rivals.com, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

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