Blue and Gold Illustrated

December 2012

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contributed in a variety of ways throughout his four-year career Wide receiver Robby Toma has SUPPORT SYSTEMS S BY WES MORGAN do anything for him, even if it meant mak- ing a poor decision like sophomore quarterback Everett Golson's pass into double coverage in the end zone in the first quarter against Wake Forest. On Senior Day, Golson just wanted to see Toma haul in one more touchdown pass at Notre Dame Stadium, but it was intercepted for what was the only miscue in a 38-0 blow- out. After all, Toma would enior wide re- ceiver Robby To- ma's Notre Dame teammates would do the same for anyone else. No matter the amount of potential former Fighting Irish head coach Charlie Weis be- lieved the Hawaiian receiver to have, the 5-9, 185-pounder was mostly viewed by folks outside the program as a bonus player — a tagalong with Punahou High teammate and best friend Manti Te'o. The prize of the 2009 Toma, who has 58 ca- reer receptions for 633 yards and a touchdown (one more than many believed he'd have at Notre Dame), is one of the program's most re- spected leaders. "It's not going to sink recruiting class was the five-star linebacker, whose carry-on luggage en route to South Bend was a diminutive re- ceiver with offers from only Notre Dame, Army and UCLA. "I know that I'm small, but I've never looked at myself as the little guy," Toma said. "But I guess you could say I've had a chip on my shoulder. I love proving people wrong." Four years later, in until later, but it has been an amazing expe- rience here," Toma said about his career com- ing to a close. "I'm so blessed to be part of this university, getting to meet so many people, and I wouldn't want to go out any other way with any other team. … Obviously it's a real ex- citing time to be a part of Notre Dame foot- ball." Toma earned the re- spect of his coaches and teammates from day

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