The big names, such as Manti Te'o and Tyler Eifert, have been infused into the subconscious of Notre Dame nation during the past two seasons.
Yet its the infatuation with the unknown and mysterious that captivates all college football fans during the days leading up to every new season. Notre Dame's 2012 roster has a few elements of the unknown, as the depth chart has been stacked with elite talent.
The young players who have yet to take the field for the Irish may have the most significant impact on Notre Dame's fortunes this season.
Following is a list of the wild cards on the Irish roster who are primed for a successful season.