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Motta the leader in inexperienced Irish secondary

Associated Press Modified: September 21, 2012 at 4:47 am •  Published: September 21, 2012
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame has a new voice in the secondary and coach Brian Kelly is glad everyone is finally getting to hear it.

Senior safety Zeke Motta has been busy, making sure his inexperienced teammates are in the right place. The Irish leaned heavily on Motta in wins against Purdue and Michigan State because fifth-year senior Jamoris Slaughter missed the second halves in both games because of injuries.

With Slaughter now out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon, the 11th-ranked Irish (3-0) are counting on Motta to play a key role Saturday night in slowing Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, who has gashed Notre Dame for 944 yards total offense the past two years. The Irish are trying to avoid a fourth-straight loss to the No. 18 Wolverines (2-1).