Notre Dame Football: 6 Backups Critical to the Irish's Success in 2014

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Notre Dame Football: 6 Backups Critical to the Irish's Success in 2014
Associated Press
Whether Everett Golson (pictured) or Malik Zaire starts at quarterback, both will be important to Notre Dame's success in 2014.

With fall camp around the corner, Notre Dame football position battles are set to be won and lost.

Starters will be named, and the depth charts will be penciled in.

And while the starters and the decisions behind those choices will deservedly garner plenty of attention, let’s focus here on the indispensable backups—the lifeblood of a great and deep team—who are vital to Notre Dame’s success in 2014.

In some cases, it’s unclear if a player here will, in fact, be a backup when the season kicks off. There are some assumptions that certain players will begin the season as second-stringers.

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