The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are preparing for the BCS National Championship game with a number of players taking the field for the last time in the blue and gold.
Two Irish players are underclassmen that are expected to make the leap to the NFL draft, while eight others have completed their eligibility in South Bend. Before they take their final snaps, it is time to look back at the careers that they put together for Notre Dame.
It has been a roller-coaster ride for these players with a coaching change occurring for most at the beginning of their careers, but the rise of this team has been impressive under Brian Kelly, and these 10 players have been a big part of the rise to No. 1 this season.
Expected early departures for the 2013 NFL draft denoted by asterisk