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Starting nose guard Daniel Cage will miss his second straight game with a concussion. Typically the beneficiary of this would be Jerry Tillery but he only played 15 snaps last week as the true freshman has really been less productive since an elbow injury suffered against Navy.
Notre Dame started Isaac Rochell inside at tackle which gave Andrew Trumbetti the start at defensive end and the sophomore played a quality 67 snaps.
Due to Cage's injury--and the weaker opponent--we saw the Irish use a little more depth on the line against Wake Forest. Bonner logged 11 snaps, Blankenship 6 snaps, and Randolph 1 snap.
Onwualu injured his knee very early last week and has a sprained MCL that will not require surgery. He has been ruled out for this game and is likely to be done for the regular season. Sophomore Greer Martini picked up all of the strong-side linebacker snaps (55) in Onwualu's absence.
According to Brian Kelly the Irish starting running back C.J. Prosise is back in the lineup and has "fresh legs" after sitting out last week with a concussion and other minor ailments.
Kelly reiterated this week that Sebastian will not be used this year unless there is a drastic situation at safety. He is in the process of applying for a 6th-year which they think will be approved.
Equanimeous St. Brown will be having surgery on his 2nd degree AC joint sprain and will be out for several weeks. His availability in the post-season is still up in the air.
In recent days, Kelly has talked about getting Jarron Jones and Durham Smythe back for the post-season. Jones, who could be seen running in the most recent A Season With episode on Showtime, is apparently very close to recovering from his MCL. Kelly mentioned that the defense's starting nose guard is transitioning to gaining the strength necessary to play football again.