Notre Dame Football: 5 Most Important Players for the Irish in 2012

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Notre Dame Football: 5 Most Important Players for the Irish in 2012
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Entering year three under Brian Kelly, the Notre Dame football team likely enters the 2012 season with more question marks than answers. 

The quarterback situation has yet to be resolved—the same story that has existed in South Bend since Jimmy Clausen left for the NFL. 

Playmakers in Michael Floyd and Harrison Smith were taken in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft, leaving big holes on both sides of the ball. If the Irish are to improve on their eight wins in 2011, those questions will need to be answered. 

In the following five slides, we run down the five (or more?) most important players for Notre Dame's 2012 season.

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