Five freshmen are going to start for the Notre Dame football team in 2012, and while that might be a surprise to some, Brian Kelly knows he has to put the most dynamic players on the field. In five cases, those players are freshmen.
Not all of these guys will be walking onto campus for the first time in 2012 though. A few of these players managed to preserve their four years of eligibility by not playing a single down in 2011 (making them redshirt freshmen in 2012). Still, a couple are true freshmen.
So, who will end up atop the two-deep come fall?
A talented wide receiver who may be the heir to Michael Floyd and his first-rate career is one.
Two true freshmen who will impact special teams immediately will start as well (not including coverage team starters).
An outside linebacker who is involved in an arduous position battle, and a quarterback who is fighting for a chance to shine will be on the field for the first outing against Navy, too.