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With the way next season's roster is beginning to take form, 2014 may come to be known as the year of the offense for the Irish.
Former starting quarterback Everett Golson is expected to be readmitted later next week, and should that process successfully transpire, the Myrtle Beach, S.C. native would have a plethora of skill-position talent surrounding him.
In particular, the running back position has the potential to be the team's best positional unit should the coaching staff settle on an effective, consistent rotation.
Quarterback: Everett Golson (RS SO), Malik Zaire (RS FR), DeShone Kizer (FR)
Running Back: George Atkinson III (SR), Cam McDaniel (SR), Tarean Folston (SO), Greg Bryant (RS FR), Amir Carlisle (SR), William Mahone (RS SO)
Wide Receiver: DaVaris Daniels (RS JR), Corey Robinson (SO), William Fuller (SO), James Onwualu (SO), CJ Prosise (JR), Chris Brown (JR), Torii Hunter Jr. (RS FR)
Tight End: Troy Niklas (SR), Ben Koyack (SR), Durham Smythe (SO), Mike Heuerman (RS FR)
Offensive Line: Nick Martin (RS JR), Steve Elmer (SO), Ronnie Stanley (RS SO), Conor Hanratty (RS JR), Hunter Bivin (SO), Matt Hegary (RS JR), Mark Harrell (RS SO)
Defensively, Notre Dame must overcome the loss of nose guard Louis Nix, who, more or less, anchored the Irish's stellar defensive line for the past three seasons.
Should defensive end Stephon Tuitt declare for the 2014 NFL Draft, the defensive line will become the Irish's Achilles heel defensively in 2014 along with middle linebacker where Dan Fox and Carlo Calabrese will be missed.
However, the secondary will most certainly be Notre Dame's best defensive unit, as it returns a tremendous amount of experience.
Defensive Line: Stephon Tuitt (SR), Jarron Jones (RS SO), Sheldon Day (JR), Isaac Rochell (SO), Matt Dickerson (FR), Jay Hayes (FR), Andrew Trumbetti (FR)
Linebacker: Jaylon Smith (SO), Romeo Okwara (JR) Ishaq Williams (SR), Joe Schmidt (RS JR), Greer Martini (FR), Jhonathon Williams (FR), Richard Yeargin III (FR), Jonathan Bonner (FR)
Secondary: Elijah Shumate (JR), Max Redfield (SO), Bennett Jackson (JR), Cole Luke (SO), Matthias Farley (RS JR), Eilar Hardy (RS JR), Devin Butler (SO), Rashad Kinlaw (RS FR), Nick Watkins (FR), Drue Tranquill (FR)