SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame returned to campus with three weeks until kicking off the 2014 season. Some observations and notes from Saturday's practice:
We're under a month until Notre Dame lifts the curtain on the 2014 season against Rice, and the Irish begin fall camp in Culver, Ind., on Monday.
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Two seasons ago, Notre Dame likely wouldn't have made the BCS Championship had one of its starting offensive linemen missed time with an injury.
With spring practice in the books, there appear four certainties on Notre Dame's offensive line: Ronnie Stanley will play left tackle, Nick Martin will play center, Christian Lombard will play rig