While Notre Dame’s roster is still in a position to allow the Fighting Irish to contend for a national title in 2013, the leadership provided by a key group of seniors must be replaced. 12-0 regular seasons don’t just happen. They are a product of a team that is not only talented and well-coached, but also together.
Manti Te’o’s illustrious career is over. Tyler Eifert and his array of school records are off to the NFL. Three-year starting center Braxston Cave has moved on. Zeke Motta is no longer the last line of defense in the secondary.
A team is only as strong as its leaders. Who will be the new leaders of the 2013 Fighting Irish? Let’s look at five possible candidates.