Notre Dame relying on veterans to lead young, inexperienced defense

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WANE) – Notre Dame’s defense allowed 23 points per game in 2015, but many of the stars that made that possible like Jaylon Smith and Sheldon Day are now playing in the NFL.

Now Notre Dame will look to their few veterans on defense to help lead the newcomers.

One of the youngest and most inexperienced parts of ND’s defense is at the line. Senior Isaac Rochell will be looked at to lead the younger group like Sheldon Day has done in the past.

The Irish took a hit at the linebacker position with the loss of Jaylon Smith and Joe Scmidt. James Onwualu, Nyles Morgan, and Greer Martini will be looked at as the guys to fill those holes.

The secondary returns five players that started a game in 2015. There is a lot of depth particularly at the safety position where Carroll grad Drue Tranquill plays.

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