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Notre Dame replaced experience with athleticism

Suffering season-ending injuries to two starters in its secondary, Notre Dame inserted inexperienced players, leaning on their athleticism, and ended up with one of the best pass defenses in the nation.

Irish must keep it clean against 'Bama

If Notre Dame wants to beat Alabama and win a national title, the Irish need to protect the ball.

Notre Dame owes success to Brian Kelly's growth

AP Coach of the Year Brian Kelly built closer relationships and a trust with his players in his third season at Notre Dame and it paid off with a 12-0 season.

Eifert wise to return for senior season

Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert made the right decision last year, when he decided to return to Notre Dame for his senior season rather than enter the NFL Draft.

Notre Dame preparing for tough Alabama defense

Notre Dame QB Everett Golson is preparing for a tough Alabama defense that might take away his running game.

Bob Diaco is happy to stay with Notre Dame

Notre Dame's defensive coordinator Bob Diaco seems content to remain an assistant coach for the Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame's Zack Martin, Louis Nix will return

Juniors Zack Martin and Louis Nix will return to Notre Dame for their senior seasons.

Manti Te'o, Tyler Eifert projected 1st rounders

Notre Dame's Manti Te'o and Tyler Eifert could be off the board early in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Te'o boosts defensive players' chances at Heisman

Notre Dame's Manti Te'o came close to winning the Heisman Trophy in 2012, but even though he didn't, he may have boosted the chances of other defensive players to win it in the future.

Notre Dame D ready for Alabama's physical offense

Notre Dame's defense faces an Alabama offense known for its tough, wearing-down style of play, and the Fighting Irish are going to be ready for it.

Notre Dame's schedule compares well with Alabama's

Notre Dame's strength of schedule was actually rated as slightly tougher than Alabama's, according to Jeff Sagarin's rankings.

Tommy Rees is on the Everett Golson bandwagon

The Irish backup has accepted his role to mold the younger starter and be ready at a moment's notice.

Irish not afraid of SEC lore

The Irish vow to not be intimated by their SEC counterparts.

Four Irish named AP All-Americans

Manti Te'o leads a group of four players from Notre Dame named to this year's Associated Press All-American teams.

ND athletics, academics lands top recruiting class

Notre Dame's recent success, both on the field and off, has had a payoff with top recruits looking for an academic challenge in college.

Irish get commitment from Greg Bryant

Running back Greg Bryant has given Notre Dame a verbal commitment for the 2013 class.

Te'o motivated by Heisman snub

The Notre Dame star linebacker has taken his second-place Heisman finish to heart.

VIDEO: Te'o reacts to losing Heisman

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o reacts to finishing second in the Heisman Trophy balloting, handling the defeat as he handles everything -- with class.

Johnny Manziel's Heisman Trophy speech transcript

Johnny Manziel earned 474 votes to become the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.

Manti Te'o finishes second with 321 votes

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o finished second to Johnny Manziel in Heisman voting as he earned 321 votes on Saturday. Manziel finished first with 474 votes.

Johnny Manziel wins 2012 Heisman Trophy

Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy as he edged out Notre Dame's Manti Te'o and Kansas State's Collin Klein for the 2012 award on Saturday.

ND's Zack Martin expects to be healed for Alabama

Notre Dame starting left tackle Zack Martin should be fully healed from an ankle injury when the Fighting Irish face the Alabama Crimson Tide in the BCS National Championship Game.

Manti Te'o trying to make history with Heisman win

Manti Te'o is trying to become the eighth player in Notre Dame history win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night. The most recent Fighting Irish player to do it was Tim Brown in 1987.

Manti Te'o Heisman Trophy campaign video

Notre Dame's Manti Te'o is one of three finalists competing for the 2012 Heisman Trophy on Saturday night. Below is a highlight video of every key play the senior linebacker made this season.

Te'o and Manziel are new-found friends

Heisman Trophy finalists Manti Te'o and Johnny Manziel became fast friends while traveling the country this week on the college football awards circuit. One of the two is expected to take home the Heisman on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. EST

Odds favor Aggies QB Manziel to bring home Heisman

Current odds are heavily in favor of Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel becoming the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy award on Saturday.

On the potential value of a Manti Te'o Heisman win

Based on previous Heisman Trophy winners and the profits made by their respective schools, how much would a potential win by Manti Te'o bring to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish?

Te'o hopes play will inspire other Hawaii players

Te'o has been about as successful as imaginable, accumulating seven interceptions, 1.5 sacks and 52 tackles in his senior season.

Notre Dame vs. Alabama: A guide for 'Bama fans

Notre Dame Fighting Irish blog One Foot Down has prepared a guide on ND football for Alabama fans to peruse before the BCS National Championship.

Manti Te'o of Notre Dame embodies Heisman spirit

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o became the second college football player to win the Butkus, Nagurski and Lombardi awards and embodies the spirit of the Heisman Trophy.

Notre Dame's Te'o a dark horse for Heisman

The linebacker, who recorded 103 tackles and seven interceptions on the year, shouldn't expect to hear his name called on Saturday

Manti Te'o impressed with Alabama's Barrett Jones

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o beat out Alabama center Barrett Jones for the Lombardi Award, but said he respects him ahead of their matchup in the BCS title game.