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Tenuta on the triple-option

Notre Dame defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta has been coaching since 1981 when he started his career as a graduate assistant at Virginia. So there is little wonder why he isn't bothered about preparing the Irish defense for the rarely seen triple-option offense of Navy.

"It doesn't bother me; I've been in this game a long time. I've seen every option known to mankind," Tenuta said.

Notre Dame had success keeping Navy's rushing attack in check last season, Tenuta's first with the Irish.

Notre Dame held Navy to 11 first downs and 178 rushing yards. Tenuta said the Irish can use last year's success going into this season's game.

"I think that's the basis of what you install," Tenuta said. "You go back to what we did well, and you build from there. That's your starting point, but obviously, they know that too."