Notre Dame this fall will be without only three players from its 2014 defense: Cornerback Cody Riggs, safety Austin Collinsworth and defensive lineman Justin Utupo.
Ben Koyack and Cody Riggs are the only two players who started in Notre Dame’s Music City Bowl win over LSU who won’t be around this fall.
Ohio State lost two quarterbacks — one a preseason Heisman candidate, and the other a strong Heisman challenger in November.
Cody Riggs is only spending one year at Notre Dame, but the defensive back said he’ll keep watching and pulling for the Irish after he leaves South Bend this spring.
It’s easy to connect the dots: Notre Dame ran the ball more in the Music City Bowl than it did in any game all season, didn’t turn the ball over and beat a top-25 SEC West team.