Notre Dame Football: 5 Reasons to Be Optimistic for 2012

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Notre Dame Football: 5 Reasons to Be Optimistic for 2012
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Notre Dame's loss to Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl wasn't the best way to end the year, but there are still some things to look forward to going into next season.

Brian Kelly will be working tirelessly to improve upon the Fighting Irish's 8-5 record this season.

Coach Kelly has a few key guys returning, and the soon-to-be third year Irish head coach will get to develop a number of young, talented players next year.

The quarterback position may be in flux, but Irish fans could be pleasantly surprised with who is the starter in the season opener against Navy in Dublin.

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