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Pleading for their 5th

Ruffer celebrates one of 18 straight FG last fall

With 2011 roster spots dwindling, IrishEyes makes a case for each of the nine prospective 5th-year applicants.

At present, Notre Dame returns 56 scholarship players, including former preferred walk-on Nate Montana, as the program prepares for its second spring session under head coach Brian Kelly. 23 verbal commitments have pledged their allegiance with at least one more in question. Barring a transfer, a likely occurrence considering the competition expected this spring, either 79 or 80 (one more verbal...

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