Stephon Tuitt and Louis Nix each garnered their own preseason All-American hype, but the third member of Notre Dame's defensive line Sheldon Day caused Temple the most problems, coach Matt Rhule said this week.
Day only recorded one tackle, but that he made the greatest impact in Rhule's mind isn't too surprising. Nix was routinely double- and triple-teamed, and he looked frustrated at times with his predicament.
"We have to be recognizing that, and we've got to be able to put him in some positions, and we did, where we're trying to get him in single gap situations where he can take a gap and go," coach Brian Kelly said. "And we've got to be able to do that for him, as well."
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With Temple's line tied up trying to stop Nix and Tuitt (and 'cat' linebacker Prince Shembo, who probably was the most disruptive player on the field Saturday), Day had easier one-on-one matchups he took advantage of.
As for Tuitt, who notched a sack against Temple, he offered this declaration:
"We're a good defensive line, and anybody who comes up against us better be ready to play."