With training camp a week away, the Notre Dame football season is finally upon us.
After a star-crossed 2013 season went awry in the spring with the surprise suspension of quarterback Everett Golson, Notre Dame fell short of their lofty goals as injuries struck All-American candidates Stephon Tuitt and Louis Nix and chipped away at the offensive line.
But the 9-4 season is in the rearview mirror. And so is a lot of talent—Tuitt, Nix and captains Zack Martin, TJ Jones and Bennett Jackson are in NFL training camps, among the eight Irish players drafted.
Yet the cupboard is hardly bare in South Bend. Brian Kelly has plenty of talent, but the Irish are young and inexperienced.
That makes fall camp crucial, as an August 30 date with Rice is right around the corner. With Golson and a lot of young offensive talent back, expectations are once again sky-high.
Let's run through the biggest storylines heading into Notre Dame's fall camp.