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Developing Depth: Defensive Rookies

Our series breaking down Notre Dame's depth entering Spring Ball 2012 turns its focus to 18 spring roster players who've yet to play a down for Brian Kelly's Irish.

Just 15 of Notre Dame's regular contributors to the team's offense, defense, and special teams in 2011 (including walk-ons) exhausted their eligibility at season's end. Below is Part I of our examination of 35 of the team's key returnees for 2012: Part I Our Part II follow-up column offered a look at lesser-known competitors expected to battle for starting and backup roles during the spring...

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