“He was hurt, and he fought through it. He toughed through it and played in the game and played pretty good.”
The Irish lost linebacker Manti Te'o from last year's defense, but returned tons of its key guys, not the least of which is defensive tackle Louis Nix III, one of the best defensive linemen in the country.
“They were definitely more physical than we were on the line of scrimmage last year,” said senior center Gabe Ikard. “We've run the ball well as an offensive line this year, but this is the game that's gonna determine where we're at right now as an offensive line and the running phase of our offense. It's going to be a really tough test. We're excited to see where we're at.”