LANDOVER, Md. — There may not a more important player to Notre Dame's defense than Joe Schmidt.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame's M.O. as a defense under Bob Diaco was to keep opposing offenses from making explosive plays, the kind of backbreaking gains that can ruin a game.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Joe Schmidt's impact on Notre Dame's defense goes well beyond his own personal stats; that much is well established.
As Notre Dame enters its second bye week in the 2014 season, let's take a look at how each position has fared so far: