Blue and Gold Illustrated

June-July 2014

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

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BY LOU SOMOGYI C hange has been a pri- mary theme the past six months with Notre Dame's football team. New coordinators on both sides of the ball, two new quarterbacks after Tommy Rees and An- drew Hendrix were the top duo last season, and two new running backs after George Atkinson III and Amir Carlisle were one-two at this time last year. No more Louis Nix III and Stephon Tuitt on the defensive line, nor mainstays Zack Martin and Chris Watt on the left side of the offensive line, plus reconstruction at linebacker and tight end. Perhaps change was best manifested dur- ing the spring when head coach Brian Kelly made an unprecedented a m o u n t o f p o s i t i o n changes, particularly on defense, although some might be just tweaks. • Former safeties Mat- UNDER THE DOME SEASON OF CHANGE Position shifts more rampant in 2014 After playing running back last season, senior Amir Carlisle will be aligned more at slot receiver this season. PHOTO BY BILL PANZICA

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