Notre Dame Football: Matthias Farley Set To Fill In For Injured Jamoris Slaughter

Matthias Farley will make his first ever start at safety for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday after Jamoris Slaughter suffered a season-ending Achilles' tendon tear against Michigan State, and Farley is ready to complete his transition from one-time wide receiver to a full-time starting safety. Farley was recruited as a wideout, but he made the switch and has been making situational contributions for the Irish as a safety early in 2012. Now it's his chance to shine, and head coach Brian Kelly knows there will be some bumps along the way (quotes via CSN-Chicago):

"You lose a Jamoris Slaughter, you're losing an A player," coach Brian Kelly said. "Matthias is certainly not at the level yet of a Jamoris Slaughter. He's got to continue to develop. But we have a lot of confidence and trust in him. He'll be getting a lot of work back there."

Notre Dame has jumped out to a 3-0 start this season, so the pressure will be on Farley to keep the back end of the defense secure as the Irish push towards the top of the NCAA rankings.

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