Brian VanGorder

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LANDOVER, Md. — There may not a more important player to Notre Dame's defense than Joe Schmidt.

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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.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Joe Schmidt's impact on Notre Dame's defense goes well beyond his own personal stats; that much is well established.

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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:

The good

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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:

The good

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