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Cutting to the point

Notre Dame's defensive players are adjusting not just to a unique triple-option offense in preparation to face Navy on Saturday.

The Irish are also getting used to an atypical blocking style.

"It is all about the cut block," defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore said. "Keeping your hands low, below the knees and staying up.

"Navy is a hard team to prepare for. It takes you a couple of days to get used to the way they block, the way they run things and the hardest thing to do is their tempo. Navy runs at a fast paced tempo."

Notre Dame has been helped in its preparation for the Midshipmen because the scout team has spent time the last five weeks working on the triple-option offense.

Linebacker Manti Te'o said he sees a difference from last year in having the scout team having extra time to show the defense a simulation of the triple option.

"I think the best way to summarize the look we are getting is it's live cutting," Te'o said. "I think that is the hardest part of this offense, the speed and technique at which the block. The cut and don't block up straight. Our linemen have been cutting and doing a great job of giving us the best look possible."

For more on the defense getting ready for Navy, read Thursday's story in The Journal Gazette or at www.journalgazette.net.

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