Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly discusses what made his first Irish senior class special and…
Strength vs. Question Mark When Irish defensive back coach Chuck Martin was asked to compare the Utes' offensive juggernaut (41 ppg) with the spread offense of Brian Kelly's troops in South Bend, Martin immediately noted the differences between the attacks: "They run more two-back stuff; they're a downhill, power running team. Now they will spread it out and sling it around a little bit like us, but for the most part their running game is a physical (focus). Not as much spread to create space but line you up and knock you off the ball." Notre Dame has faced three such attacks this season: Michigan State in Week Three, Stanford in Week Four and Pittsburgh in Week Six. The Irish front seven improved as the season – and the games – progressed. But that was with senior nose guard Ian Williams in the lineup and sophomore linebacker Carlo Calabrese at full strength, two players that were born to defend an attack meant to smack them in the face. (Calabrese is doubtful due to a...
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