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Irish Insights

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Riddick will play, but not start, Saturday

Notre Dame receiver Theo Riddick will likely not start but be able to play in Saturday's home game against Boston College (3-7), coach Brian Kelly said after practice Wednesday.

"Ran around today," Kelly said of Riddick. "I don't think he's going to be a guy that can come in and start for us. We're hoping we can utilize him in a role and try to get him engaged in the game. We'll continue to practice him, continue to work him out and see where we go from there."

Robby Toma, who had seven receptions for 73 yards against Maryland last Saturday, will likely make his second start of the season.

"I'm just going to treat this week like it's every week, even when I'm not starting or even in the rotation," Toma said.

While Riddick's recovery leaves his availability up in the air, linebacker Manti Te'o said there is no mystery about him being able to do more this weekend.

Te'o was limited in last weekend's win over Maryland because of an ankle injury. The junior said he was feeling much better Wednesday and is more active in practice this week.

"It's definitely improved," Te'o said of his ankle. "It feels a lot better than it did last week, especially after the Wake Forest game (Nov. 5) it was really sore. I'm (taking) double, triple (the reps in practice this week)."

Future decisions

Notre Dame will honor 39 seniors during Saturday's Senior Day festivities.

But some of those players could return for another season if they have eligibility remaining and are accepted for a fifth year. Among some of the notable players who could return for a fifth season are quarterback Dayne Crist, receiver and former Bishop Dwenger standout John Goodman, center Braxston Cave and defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore.

Kelly said decisions on fifth-year seniors will come after a possible bowl game.

"Certainly we have to have an idea in our own mind as we crunch numbers and things like that," Kelly said. "But we won't make hard decisions until after the bowl game. Then we'll have to A, sit down with the young men, and B, allow our coaches in the recruiting process to know what direction to go."

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