Notre Dame - Season 2 Preview The Irish came up just short of the prize last season. A fateful loss to eventual Champion Ohio State finished any chance at Big Ten and National Championships. Still, at the end of the year, the voters gave their nod to Notre Dame by ranking them #2 behind the champs. With a new season comes new goals. The Irish have lost some leaders to graduation and the NFL, but return a few familiar faces. Junior QB Malik Zaire returns and says he has some "Unfinished business". The talented athlete stated that he made "too many mistakes" last season, his first in Coach HipHopps spread scheme. As a Sophomore, Zaire led the country in interceptions, but still had success, both throwing and running with the ball. A full season under center and a full slate of off season workouts and practices have given him better perspective and he hopes he can make his reads quicker and more successfully in his second season as a starter. Zaire stated, "It's not the mistakes you make, those happen to everyone in life, it's how you recover from them." Zaire lost 3 of his offensive linemen from last year, his Senior center and his Junior tackle and guard. Thankfully, Notre Dame has recruited the lines well and had solid depth behind the departed linemen, but their quality will be missed. Another familiar face on offense is Tarean Folston, last years leading rusher. He returns for his Senior season as the lead back accompanied by last years Freshmen tandem of Dexter Williams and Josh Adams. They are Sophomores now and are even more prepared to spell Folston. The wide receiver corps was also hit by loses. Chris Brown and Amir Carlisle graduated, while Will Fuller chose to take his shot at the NFL. CJ Prosise returns as the only WR to catch more than a handful of passes last season. There are some talented RS Freshmen and True Freshmen who are ready to prove their worth, but real game experience is lacking. On defense the losses of Sheldon Day to graduation, and Jaylon Smith to the draft, will be felt. But depth is not a problem at DT and James Onwualu returns to lead a linebacker corps filled with talented youngsters ready to make their mark. The secondary lost some seniors, but overall returns a solid unit with some talented True Freshmen itching to get some playing time. Coach HipHopp brought in one of the top recruiting classes from last year and many of them will have a chance to make an impact on this years team. The team is focused and hungry, but Coach HipHopp has warned them not to focus solely on their lost to Ohio State. There were close wins over Michigan State, Oregon, Penn State, and USC, that easily could have gone the other way. The goal is to PLAY LIKE A CHAMPION every game! If they are caught looking ahead to tOSU's visit to South Bend, they are sure to drop at least a game or two along the way.