Notre Dame Fighting Irish safety Zeke Motta will have some additional responsibilities in the secondary now that Jamoris Slaughter is out for the year with an Achilles tear, but Irish head coach Brian Kelly is very comfortable with Motta as the leader on the back end. In fact, Kelly recently told Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune that Motta has made a remarkable strides since first arriving on campus:
"It's probably one of the most remarkable developments of a player from year one or year two to year three in that sense. I wanted to push him out front. ... The way he practiced, the dedication he has to the game, the kind of young man he is, you want him representing your program."
The No. 11 Fighting Irish will attempt to improve their record to 4-0 when they take on No. 18 Michigan at 6:30 p.m. CT Saturday on NBC.