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2001 Notre Dame probable starters

Pos. No. PlayerNotes
SE21 Javin HunterIrish deep threat, caught four passes of 40+ yards in '00
LT78Jordan Black Started all 12 games in '00, most experience on line
LG79Sean Mahan Shared time with Jim Jones in '00, played in all 12 games
C52 Jeff Faine Lindy's ranks him as the third-best center nationally
RG65 Sean Milligan Earned starting job after great spring, played in two games
RT75 Kurt Vollers Fifth-year player who started all 12 games last season
TE84 John Owens Making first start at TE after playing DL most of '00 season
FL6 David Givens Multipurpose player who can run, catch, pass and return kicks
QB10 Matt LoVecchio Was 7-1 as a starter for the Irish in 2000
FB36 Tom Lopienski Rated 12th among fullbacks by The Sporting News
  - or40 Jason Murray Fifth-year player who played seven games in '00
  - or47 Mike McNair In the mix at FB after two injury-filled seasons
TB12 Tony FisherDoak Walker Award candidate, 16 career touchdowns
  - or22 Julius Jones Irish leading rusher for '00 with 657 yards
  - or32 Terrance Howard Slashing runner completes three-pronged tailback attack
Pos. No. PlayerNotes
LE 98   Anthony WeaverAll-star candidate begins fourth year as defensive regular
DT 60 Darrell CampbellReady to impact defense after gaining 30 lbs. in offseason
NG 94 Andy Wisne Assumes starting role after departure of Lance Legree
RE 44 Grant Irons Missed most of '00 season with shoulder injury
ILB 51 Tyreo Harrison Greatly improved, emerging as a leader of defense
ILB 33 Courtney Watson  Replaces second-team All-American Anthony Denman
OLB 30 Rocky Boiman Named to The Sporting News "Great Unknowns" team
LCB 15 Clifford Jefferson The most experienced defensive back on the Irish roster
FS 28 Donald Dykes Moves into starting role replacing Tony Driver
SS 5 Ron Israel Fifth-year veteran who has played in 32 career games
RCB 42 Shane Walton Leader of the secondary, recorded 40 tackles in '00
Pos. No. Player Notes
PK/KO 13 Nicholas Setta Made 8-of-14 field goals in '00, cool under pressure
P17Joey Hildbold A Ray Guy Award candidate, 40.9 yard average in '00
HLD80Adam Tibble Second year as holder for Setta
SNP56 John Crowther Walk-on who will snap on field goals, PATs
 91 Jeff ThompsonEmerged as a possible long snapper in preseason camp
PR/KR22Julius Jones 2000 first-team All-America kickoff returner by CNN.SI.com
 34 Vontez Duff Incredible speed, exciting with the ball

Source: Notre Dame Sports Information Office