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5 questions with ...

It's the return of five questions.

First up this season in Notre Dame center Braxston Cave.

What is your least favorite part of practice?

I don't really have a least favorite part, practice is practice to me. I can't really say I have a least favorite part. The whole thing, to me, is just going out there and working, just trying to get better.

Is there one play in the Notre Dame playbook that you get excited about running when it's called?

I guess on short yardage, just running up the middle. QB sneaks, you know some power football. Anything where I know the running back is really reading off me or the quarterback is following me, I get hyped for that.

What is your favorite thing to do away from football?

One of my biggest things is playing golf. I don't play golf during the season. During the season, just hanging out, laying around watching TV, hanging out with my roommates and just relaxing really. We are on the go all the time throughout the season, so when we get a chance, it's nice to just sit around and hang out.

Do you have a favorite TV show and why?

Definitely have a favorite TV show, and it's "Entourage," which sadly ended. I'm looking forward to a movie though.

During a game week, how often do you get stopped and asked for tickets?

My mom usually calls me with 100 requests. I try to get as many as I can, but you know, it usually doesn't work out like that.

Let me know if there are any questions you don't like and what you'd would rather had asked. Also, if you have a player you would want to answer the questions, let me know and I'll try to get to them this season.