SOUTH BEND – Notre Dame safety Matthias Farley has made the most of fall camp and is being rewarded.
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound sophomore appears to have jumped senior Dan McCarthy as the next safety behind starter Zeke Motta.
Farley, who did not play last season, attributed the push he made up the depth chart to his understanding of the defense.
“I’m sure you have all experienced it in some point in your life, somebody will just keep telling you something and telling you something, and you don’t quite get it and one day it just clicks,” Farley said Wednesday.
“I would say around Day 3 or 4, everything just started to make sense and slow down a lot more.”
Sophomore receiver DaVaris Daniels said he had a lot to adjust to last season coming out of Vernon Hills (Ill.) High School.
“Last year was kind of crazy for me, coming out of high school running the wing-T,” Daniels said. “The spring and this camp really helped out.”
Daniels, who didn’t play last season, said his speed is his best attribute and he is improving every day with his footwork and route running.
“It’s just keep approaching every day with those things in mind, keep speed on every route, get to the depth with speed,” the 6-2, 190-pound Daniels said. “That is what I have to keep doing in order to do good things.”
Sophomore right guard Nick Martin could be on the move a lot this year, and the 6-4, 290-pounder embraces being able to play any position but center on the line.
“It’s awesome to being able do both, and being able to help out at practice, going back and forth,” Martin said. “I like helping the team as much as I can. It is a good feeling.”
Notre Dame cornerback Bennett Jackson said everyone feels bad for Lo Wood, who is lost for the season because of an Achilles injury, but the cornerbacks are also using Wood’s absence to push themselves
“It motivates you to make sure the guy next to you is where he needs to be,” Jackson said. “It gives me more of a motive to push people forward in practice, more of a motive for coach to push people forward in practice, more of a motive for the younger guys to work harder.”