Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
After all he's been through, you can bet that Zeke Motta is more than ready for his final game in a Notre Dame uniform.
And who can blame him for feeling that way? Few players get to have their last game be the most important in all the land. On top that, Motta also gets the luxury of it being in Miami, which is only two hours away from his hometown of Vero Beach.
The young man deserves it too, with all he's been through in his Notre Dame career. As Hayes points out, Motta has seen a bowl-less campaign, a tumultuous coaching change and even a bit of position flip-flopping between safety and linebacker.
Motta has persevered through it all though coming to work "each day ready to play" as he puts it, which earned him his first full-time role this season in a Fighting Irish defense that happens to be one of the best in school history.
Now, it's just a matter of if he'll be able to go out on top or not.