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Future Tense: D-Line

The departure of junior defensive end Stephon Tuitt is the latest blow to a 2014 defensive line that two years ago this month had the potential to rank among the best in program history.

December 29, 2012: Notre Dame vs. Florida State. Notre Dame's all-star defensive front includes freshman Aaron Lynch (No. 2 ranked DE in his class), junior Louis Nix (No. 9 DT), and senior Ethan Johnson (No. 4), with Lynch's fellow true freshman Stephon Tuitt (No. 10) first off the bench. Johnson, Lynch, and Tuitt were five-star prospects; Nix a four-star. First-year competitors Lynch, Nix...

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