If Notre Dame is going to return to the national championship game in 2013, a few surprise players must make an impact. Players who are not listed on the two-deep depth chart must contribute.
This happens every season for successful programs and will be no different for the Irish. Whether it is on offense or defense, guys must step up and help the team accomplish its goals. Last season, guys such as Tommy Rees, KeiVarae Russell and Matthias Farley did just that.
Here are five players positioned to do the same this season.