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Zack Martin’s return for a fifth season instantly solidifies Notre Dame’s offensive line with three of its five starters returning. How will the unit align in 2013?
I really love reading his positive comments about Hiestand. I don't think you can underestimate the importance of coaching changes this year with the addition of HH and Elliot. When they talk about it taking three years for a head coach to get a program where he wants it, we generally think in terms of players, but coaching is a big piece of it too, not only in terms of getting the right individuals in place, but also having younger ones grow into their responsibilities, such as Diaco. I don't think there's any question that Brian Kelly has learned a thing or three in his twenty years in the game.
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Quite an endorsement for Hiestand at multiple times in Martin's many quotes.
Absolutely! Great comment!
Great for ND. Very smart move for Zach,I believe he will be a first round pick next year.He is very overlooked nationally.The same for Louis Nix.
This can serve as a good example of "high school All-America" ratings.
Braxston Cave was an All-American this year (second team CBSSports and third team AP), while Martin was not. But All-America rankings don't necessarily define who is the better player or prospect. Hiestand mentioned how it wasn't even close on who had the best season along the line.
In no way am I intending to marginalize the production, effort, durability, guts, etc. of Cave. It's just that All-American teams don't always tell or define the whole story.
Now nice has this been. Floyd in 2011...Manti and Eifort in 2012 and now Martin and Nix. I am calling it now. Tuitt stays for his senior year. OK well maybe not.
That's really not a bad call. Tuitt has always spoken very seriously about finishing with his degree, and he can probably do it in 3.5 years like the rest. Each individual is different and has different circumstances, but I get the sense that a "if he did it, I can do it too" attitude might be infiltrating players like Tuitt when he sees a Te'o, Eifert, Martin or Nix opting to return for his senior year.
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