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Legacy talk

There has been plenty of talk about legacy at Notre Dame this week as 33 fourth- and fifth-year players get ready for the final home game of their careers.

But seniors Kyle McCarthy, the defensive captain, and Scott Smith, the special teams captain, said closing strong is not just about sending players out on a high note.

"Well, you know, obviously the season isn't what we had hoped for at this point. But there's also a whole lot of football left to be played," McCarthy said. "The only thing we can do is look forward and try to finish strong and let our last couple games be some good memories. Just try to leave this program with two, three wins, well, three wins obviously, just try to leave it on a better note than what we are right now."

"Just try and leave here, you know, with kind of a positive taste in our mouth, just being able to go out and win the last games that we're going to be a part of, set the guys up that are going to be here next year to kind of take another run at things," Smith added.

"I think our biggest job is just to make sure that with these last, you know, three games that we have, is just to give everything we have, you know, on the field, as leaders of the team to make sure everybody is in the frame of mind not only to finish out this year strong but to kind of move forward into next year."