Tuesday, April 12, 2011
I Plead the 5th!
Three defensive seniors will be back for a fifth season, according to the Notre Dame Sports Information Office late Friday afternoon. Linebacker Maurice Crum, lineman Justin Brown, and conerback Terrail Lambert.
Crum, was fourth on the team in tackles with 84. He single handidly won the UCLA game for the Irish with his performance against the Bruins. Brown, who started five games for the Irish, had 30 tackles on the season, including a sack and three and a half tackles for losses. Lambert, who's one shining moment was scoring the game winning TD against Michigan State in 2006, had 34 tackles and one interception on the year for the Irish.
What does this mean for the big picture? Well first off, all three of these guys will bring some necessary depth to key positions before sending the new freshmen into the fire. We all know how important depth can be to a team. Secondly, there is some wiggle room for another recruit or two this season. Previously thought that ND would only have one, maybe two fifth year seniors gave ND some options at how many more recruits they can get. So far the Irish stand at 22 verbal commits after Trevor Robinson gave his pledge to ND on Friday. Also there are some rumblings that Munir Prince might bolt for Missouri, while Luke Schmidt is not happy with playing time. With a possibility of Prince leaving the Irish, Lambert's presence in the defensive backfield will help tremendously.
Look for some more news this week about another possible recruit signing with the Irish, as well as, the final word about Prince and Schmidt's rumors.