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Irish Insights

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Moving on without Aaron

Defensive end Aaron Lynch's decision to leave Notre Dame will hurt the defense.

But it hasn't been hard for the unit to move on without him, according to coach Brian Kelly.

"It really is seamless in that sense because you are talking about (defensive end) Kapron Lewis-Moore who is a starter. It's seamless," Kelly said. "(nose guard) Louis Nix is providing the consistency that he didn't provide earlier in the spring. He had back-to-back good practices and the way Louis can play, so I was happy to see that. When you talk about the defensive line, if you've got Lewis-Moore, that is a great transition to him and then Louis Nix picking up his game. You don't see a change at all in our defensive line. You hate to lose a good player, but when you have some pretty good depth there, you really don't notice it."

Jamoris Slaughter said the team has talked about Lynch's decision to return home to Florida to continue his career, and the main things was to make sure everybody was on the same page.

"You can't slack off or think about it too much," Lynch said. "He was a great guy. He was one of our teammates, but if he decides to make that decision that is something he has to deal with. We can't help him.

"For a while he had been saying he was unhappy, and he kind of gave us signs that he might transfer. We weren't sure he was going to transfer, but he did."

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