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Saving Grace

Bob Diaco at practice with his linebacking corps

Sophomore (redshirt-freshman) linebacker Jarrett Grace was withheld from action last season. If he continues to progress, Irish fans won't wait long to see the program's future in the middle.

Manti Te'o returns as the mainstay in the middle of defensive coordinator Bob Diaco's defense. For the third straight season, and to date every game of the Brian Kelly era, Te'o will man the Mike linebacker position, and likely play at a level at or above the rest of his teammates. But that doesn't mean there's no vacancy sign attached to the Mike position on Saturdays next fall. "Jarrett... Recommended Stories