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5th Year Fever

January 30, 2007



Here come the 5th years.

  • Geoff Price #17 Punter
  • Dwight Stephenson #57 Defensive End
  • Trevor Laws #98 Defensive Tackle
  • John Carlson #89 Tight End
  • Ambrose Wooden #22 Cornerback
  • John Sullivan #78 Center
  • Joe Brockington #52 Linebacker
  • Travis Thomas #26 Running Back/ Linebacker CAPTAIN
  • Tom Zbikowski #9 Safety CAPTAIN

This is an excellent group of veteran players. Here are a few tidbits about these Grad Students.

  • 8 of the 9 players were starters during the 2006 season.(Stephenson did not, but he may end up being this years Corey Mays).
  • 4 of these players are going to end their ND Career as 4 year starters.(Zibby, Wooden, Sullivan, and Laws).
  • 2 of the 3 Captains of the 2006 team are returning. (Zibby and Thomas).
  • All are quality guys and all should make considerable contributions to ND on and off the field.

There are a lot of Domers out there that are getting a little zealous for the younger guys and have spurned the fact that these players are returning. If you think ND would be better off without them, go talk to a shrink. Why do we want them back?

  • As stated before, there are a lot of starters here. They are good enough to play and I believe defensive guys are in a better position than last year with Brown as the Defensive Coordinator.
  • Depth, depth, depth. You can never have enough.
  • The young guys are talented, but they could use another year of learning while still getting ample playing time just as Weis has done since he has been at ND.
  • Leadership. The more upperclassmen in football the better.
  • It helps all of these guys draft status (which is why they are all returning) which in turn is good for the program and the university as a whole.

I am excited about these guys and I know they can help us win. It will be an exciting spring game… but I’ll get to that later.

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