Notre Dame had a spectacular season in 2012. The Fighting Irish came into the regular season unranked, yet finished in the BCS National Championship. Their triumphant undefeated season was the first fans have seen in a generation, leading most major sports news outlets to declare: The Irish are officially back.
Repeating the success of last season will be no easy task. Notre Dame has lost several key players to the NFL draft, and there was much speculation that head coach Brian Kelly would leave the team after an interview with the Philadelphia Eagles—a position that was filled by another Kelly, Chip Kelly of the Oregon Ducks, to be exact.
With the No. 2 Rivals.com ranked recruiting class in the country—dubbed the Irish Mob 13—Notre Dame is clearly determined to show the world that last season was not a fluke and the Irish are indeed back.
Now that the dust has settled on 2012, let's take a look at who's on deck for 2013.