Notre Dame, luck of the Irish?

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Manti Te'oBrian Kelly insists his Notre Dame team isn’t undefeated because it’s lucky, but being lucky certainly hasn’t hurt the Irish.

An uncalled penalty against the Irish during a potential game-winning Pittsburgh field goal is luck, no matter what Kelly states.

Notre Dame had two players on the field with the same number at the same time.

According to The Chicago Tribune, Both Bennett Jackson and Chris Brown were on the unit attempting to block Kevin Harper’s 33-yard field goal in the second overtime, and both wear jersey No. 2. Rules allow for duplicate numbers on a roster, so long as those players do not appear on the field together.

“No exception to it, it was a coaching mistake,” Kelly said during his Sunday teleconference. “We had out our ‘Desperado’ team out there, and Chris Brown was part of ‘Desperado.’ We have to do a better job. An oversight that can’t happen.”

The Irish weren’t good against Pittsburgh, they were lucky. Lucky to still be in the position they are in.

The Irish have played five games at home and won all five by only a combined 23 points. The historic South Bend that leaves such a daunting task ahead of the opposition has been pushed aside.

Notre Dame hasn’t reached 9-0 without a little bit of luck and as the potential game-winning kick sailed just outside that pole it was all the luck the Irish needed, for now.

Notre Dame: College football recruiting 2012

Notre DameThings have not been easy for Brian Kelly and the Notre Dame football program as of late. After a tussle with a teammate that led to the departure of Aaron Lynch, the losses continued to build as they also lost Tee Shepherd. Shepherd was their best cornerback recruit from the 2012 class and left under unexplained conditions only eight weeks after he enrolled. Deontay Greenberry, one of the top ranked receivers and Shepherd’s cousin, decided to stay away on signing say and enrolled at Houston. Ronald Darby, another top corner, left the Irish in January and went to Florida State and David Perkins, a top running back committed and then decommitted. He plays for Ohio State now.

While some of these moves are common when it comes to 18 and 19 year-old kids it does make you wonder if there is more to the story. What is it that these highly touted recruits don’t like?

Despite the movement, Notre Dame still finished with one of the top recruiting classes. Ranked No. 9 from ESPN.com they still feature stand out players such as; Gunner Kiel, Devante Neil and Justin Ferguson.

Quarterback Gunner Kiel from Columbus East High School in Indiana is one of the stronger-armed pocket passers this class has to offer and he is a deceptively good athlete. This offense surprisingly features him as a runner more than you might think and he is up to the task with both power and speed to fall forward, states ESPN.com.

The talk will quickly become who will be the starting quarterback for the Irish and Kiel could be an option, even as only a freshman.

Kiel was Rival.com’s No. 1 quarterback recruit for 2012 and there is no doubting that Notre Dame can use a quarterback that can see the entire field to take advantage of Brian Kelly’s spread offense.

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#1 ATH Scottsdale, AZ
Chaparral High School
Gunner Kiel
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#3 QB Columbus, IN
Columbus East High School
Justin Ferguson
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#14 WR Pembroke Pines, FL
Flanagan High School
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