Five Reasons Why Notre Dame Will Silence the Critics This Year

David WyattAnalyst IJune 29, 2009

Five Reasons Why Notre Dame Will Silence the Critics This Year

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 29:  Quarterback Jimmy Clausen #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish walks out with teammates Robert Hughes #33 and Sergio Brown #31 before the game against the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 29, 2008 in

Jimmy Clausen

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    LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 29:  Jimmy Clausen #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish walks on the field against the USC Trojans on November 29, 2008 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.  USC won 38-3.  (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Imag

The Receivers

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    CHAPEL HILL, NC - OCTOBER 11:  Michael Floyd  #3 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish onfield against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Kenan Stadium October 11, 2008 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Defensve Coordinator Jon Tenuta

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    AIR FORCE ACADEMY, CO - NOVEMBER 11:  Defensive linemen Derek Landri #66, Chris Frome #75 and linebacker Tiryan Smith #49 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish bring down quarterback Shaun Carney #5 of the Air Force Falcons in the second quarter on November 11

Defense

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    LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 29:  Kyle McCarthy #28 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish returns an interception eight yards out of the endzone against the USC Trojans in the third quarter on November 29, 2008 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Ca

Schedule

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    LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 29:  Jimmy Clausen #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks to hand off the ball against the USC Trojans on November 29, 2008 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.  USC won 38-3.  (Photo by Jeff Golden/Ge
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