Five Questions: Pre-Camp

The 2011 Notre Dame football season is upon us and its time for our first Five Questions for the 2011 season.

Notre Dame fans are excited about the prospects of the 2011 season, but that doesn't mean there aren't questions to be asked and answered as the outset of camp approaches.

Below is a look at my first five questions for Brian Kelly's second August camp in South Bend.

Questions One: Who will be the starting quarterback when the Irish take the field against South Florida?

Dayne Crist
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A year ago Brian Kelly entered the season without an experienced quarterback. Much was expected out of Dayne Crist and the California native had his ups and downs before exiting the season in Week Nine with an injury. Freshman Tommy Rees took the reins and Notre Dame found its groove despite some mistakes by the freshman. However, its possible the battle isn't just a two player, but a four player camp competition, as the spring game showed fans Andrew Hendrix and Everett Golson also have some talent.

Questions Two: Will depth at running back hurt the Irish?

Cierre Wood and Jonas Gray will be looking to carry the load in 2011 with the loss of Armando Allen and Robert Hughes. Much is expected out of Wood who rushed for just over 600 yards last season. Incoming freshmen Cam McDaniel and George Atkinson will see plenty of work in camp with some feeling Atkinson could push for early playing time.

Question Three Did Michael Floyd do all the things asked of him to be fully reinstated to the team?

Michael Floyd
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While Floyd has been back competing with the team during summer workouts, the question remains if the senior did everything Brian Kelly and the University asked of him. Many expect Floyd to be in camp and fully cleared, but there is still a slight possibility his head coach won't deem him ready for camp's first whistle.

Question Four: Will Aaron Lynch be the impact player he showed during the spring, or will a different freshman be the star of 2011?

Irish fans walked away from the spring game wanting more Lynch and much will be expected of the Florida native in camp. However, Ishaq Williams also enjoyed getting reps in the spring and we've yet to see Stephon Tuitt in action. Notre Dame is loaded with first-year defensive talent and more than one player could make an early impact.

Question Five: Can the Irish defense continue to grow and play like they did during the final four games of 2010?

Bob Diaco saw some bumpy rides during the 2010 season but had the Irish playing great defense in the final four games of the season, as the defense allowed less than 10 points per game. With the majority of the defense back and highly touted freshmen Lynch, Williams, and Tuitt added to the mix, much is expected from the second-year defensive coordinator and his veteran unit. Top Stories