Notre Dame Football: Which Fighting Irish Starters Will Step Up Next Season?

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Notre Dame Football: Which Fighting Irish Starters Will Step Up Next Season?
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are going through some major changes, and before their Sept. 1 game in Dublin, Ireland against Navy, the team will need to settle a few things.

The departure of key starters on both sides of the ball leaves a number of positions up for grabs, and the Irish will find out soon enough who is going to step up in their absence.

Two cornerbacks, an outside linebacker, a safety, two offensive lineman, a defensive end, a co-starter at running back and a star wide receiver are all leaving their starting jobs as they look at life after Notre Dame (that doesn't include players yet to decide upon their return for a fifth year).

As fans can imagine, that is a lot of production to make up for. Some of that production will come from new faces, but some will also come from players who started last season.

So, which starters will pick up their game in 2012?

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