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Sophomore DE Stephon Tuitt

Our Player Improvement series wraps up its defensive review with a look at one of the team's best units. Notre Dame's defensive front seven, especially its defensive line, played solid, winning football last season. But its tendency to break down late and in two cases, fail to answer the bell early, contributed to each of the team's five defeats.

For columns on positions previously reviewed in the Player Improvement series, click the links below: Trio of returning running backs Wide Receivers Tight Ends Quarterbacks Offensive Line Linebackers Defensive Backs Ask any Irish fan to name the team's best position group last fall and you'd likely find two consensus answers: Its running back (tandem) of Jonas Gray and Cierre Wood... Recommended Stories