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Notre Dame will count on freshmen on defense

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — No. 17 Notre Dame will be counting on freshmen at key positions Saturday when it opens the season against Rice without four players who are still being investigated for possible academic dishonesty.

Kelly confirmed Tuesday that cornerback KeiVarae Russell, leading returning receiver DaVaris Daniels, defensive end Ishaq Williams and backup linebacker Kendall Moore will not play Saturday, saying he hasn’t received any update into the investigation. Kelly said he didn’t expect an update by now because classes only started Tuesday.

The four remained on the roster handed out Tuesday but were not included on the depth chart. The depth chart has six freshmen and six sophomores on the two-deep on defense.


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