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Nothing for Granted

Improvement is hardly assured, but defensive line coach Mike Elston has a unit that's the envy of most entering 2012.

It's assumed that the trio will one day be great, just like it was assumed they'd flash moments of brilliance last fall. It's assumed Notre Dame's defensive front ranks as a team strength for 2012. Its young stars are a year older, stronger, faster, and wiser. Its remaining veteran starter has made great strides in his recovery from mid-season knee surgery, and whether there's a three or...

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