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Notre Dame Football: 5 Redshirts with Best Chance to Earn Starting Spot in 2014
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With spring practice less than a month away, Notre Dame will get to work reestablishing an identity that could be vastly different than the team we saw in 2013. Gone are coordinators Bob Diaco and Chuck Martin. In are Brian VanGorder and Mike Denbrock, with Matt LaFleur now coaching quarterbacks. 

While only two members of the 23-man freshman class are currently on campus, 13 redshirt freshmen will be battling for playing time this spring. With six starting jobs on defense and a handful of crucial spots on the offense available, the 14 practices that lead up to the Blue-Gold game will go a long way toward establishing a depth chart for fall camp. 

Here are the 13 redshirt freshmen participating this spring:

Malik Zaire, QB
Greg Bryant, RB
Torii Hunter, WR
Mike Heuerman, TE
Durham Smythe, TE
Colin McGovern, OL
Hunter Bivin, OL
John Montelus, OL
Mike McGlinchey, OL
Jacob Matuska, DL
Doug Randolph, OLB
Michael Deeb, ILB
Rashad Kinlaw, CB

Let's take a look at the five that are most likely to win starting jobs. 

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