After a two-week hiatus, Notre Dame's spring practice has hit full stride. With five practices complete and the 85th annual Blue-Gold game less than three weeks away, Brian Kelly's team has begun a considerable transformation after a disappointing 9-4 season.
With the defense learning a completely new system engineered by Brian VanGorder and the offense returning to its spread roots under Kelly and Mike Denbrock's direction, things certainly look different under the Golden Dome. Those changes have brought new opportunities, especially with the Irish replacing key starters at just about every position group.
Let's take a look at five players who will have expanded roles during 2014.
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