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Most Improved: Semi-Finalists

Robinson (78) excelled in space this season

Our first column in a weekend series examines those less-heralded, though decidedly improved Irish who took a major step forward from last season.

The Most Improved Award offers a few hurdles to consider. First, no rookies allowed. Some players considered improved greatly since the Sun Bowl last December; others since the beginning of the Kelly era, while a few more were disqualified from contention simply because they performed so well last year. Regardless, below is the first in a weekend series focusing on Notre Dame's most improved... Recommended Stories