Blue and Gold Illustrated

Oct. 28, 2013 Issue

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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A Fresh Start The heralded and closely knit 'Irish Mob 13' has provided important contributions in their first months on campus E By Andrew Owens arly in the recruiting process for the class of 2013, several Notre Dame commitments adopted the nickname "Irish Mob 13" as a tool to show other recruits the hype and solidarity of the class prior to its arrival at Notre Dame. The class not only had a flashy nickname, but also boasted the No. 5 class in 247Sports' recruiting rankings. They arrived on campus with high expectations for instant production. While not each heralded prospect has played yet for Notre Dame, 11 of the 23 freshmen saw the field in the first half of the season for head coach Brian Kelly's squad. Freshman wide receiver Corey Robinson caught four passes for 66 yards and started twice while seeing action in each of the first six games. photo by joe raymond The following is a rundown of those freshmen. The lone rookie starter, Dog linebacker Jaylon Smith, is featured in a piece on the Irish linebacking corps on page 16. Elmer's Glue Freshman offensive lineman Steve Elmer arrived on campus in January as an early enrollee and required little time to assert himself. Through the first half of the season, the Midland, Mich., native has already made the Dean's List (a 3.8 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale last spring) and played at three of the five

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