Every season, at least one player on every team outperforms his expectations and becomes one of the most important players on the roster. Last year, that player for Notre Dame was Jonas Gray. The senior running back had done little in his first three seasons, but a new attitude led to a surprising senior season after being written off as a bust my most Irish fans.
Who will be the Jonas Gray of the 2012 for the Fighting Irish? I have identified five candidates. I have limited the pool of players to only juniors and seniors. Obvious candidates such as George Atkinson III, Everett Golson and Stephon Tuitt are not included.
Here are five players with the potential to soar to greater heights for Notre Dame in 2012.
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