Five Answers: Pre-Camp

Camp is over and the 2011 Notre Dame football season kicks off next Saturday. We look back at our five questions prior to the start of pre-season camp and give some answers.

Saturday brings the start of the college football season and hopes are high for Notre Dame to be back in the spotlight. We asked five questions prior to the start of camp and now it is time to give a few answers.

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


Dayne Crist
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Answer One: Dayne Crist earned the start against South Florida according to head coach Brian Kelly along with Kelly stating he fully expects Crist to remain the starter throughout the season. If Crist can put the skills he's shown the Irish head coach on the field, Irish fans should expect a big season out of the veteran signal caller. Tommy Rees is waiting in the wings just in case after also having a strong camp.

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

Answer Two: Cierre Wood will be the main ball carrier in the opener and for the season if he can stay healthy. Jonas Gray will get his reps and we should expect to see one of the freshmen also get some carries. This is still an area of concern throughout the season.

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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Answer Three: As expected Floyd was reinstated and participated throughout the entire camp. The senior is sure to hear some cat calls during the season, but should also be expected to be a big time target and playmaker for the Irish this fall.








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

Answer Four: Not only has Lynch continued to show the great progress from the spring, but Stephon Tuitt placed his name on the two-deep chart coming out of camp. Look for a couple of other freshmen to also take some valuable reps early this fall.

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

Answer Five: From all reports big things are expected out of Bob Diaco's defense this fall. After another full spring and camp, the Irish defense should be fully installed and ready to play havoc on opposing teams throughout the season. Led by Manti Te'o, the defense looks stout in the front seven and solid with senior leadership in the defensive backfield.


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