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Figuring out the middle

Notre Dame's depth chart is a fluid situation, according to coach Brian Kelly.

But it is hard to imagine that inside linebacker Manti Te'o isn't pretty much entrenched in the starting lineup.

As for who lines up next to the sophomore, that is a work in progress.

Kelly said he Irish are looking at Anthony McDonald, Carlo Calabrese, Steve Paskorz and David Posluszny as candidates and he added freshman Prince Shempo to list.

Shempo, who added 20 pounds to his 243-pound frame since his recruiting visited to Notre Dame, could be used in a variety of ways Kelly said Monday.

"Prince Shembo is a very, very good football player," Kelly said. He's going to be hard to keep out of the mix as well.

"There is probably going to have to be a combination of an inside-outside guy that's going to have to play a little bit. Maybe Shembo can do that, maybe he can play some inside and some outside. That is going to be one position that is going to be fluid. In other words, you are probably going to see a lot of guys playing there."

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.