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Notre Dame practice report

FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – Notre Dame's second practice in Florida on Friday revealed some things the Irish could try in goal-line situations.

Near the end of the 15-minute media viewing session at the Miami Dolphins' practice facility at Nova Southeastern University, Notre Dame was running plays from the 2-yard line.

The Irish used an unbalanced line, had running backs Cierre Wood and Theo Riddick split wide and put in motion, had a direct snap to Riddick and showed a little triple-option with Everett Golson in the backfield with Wood and Riddick.

One of the unbalanced lines featured tight ends Troy Niklas and Ben Koyack attached to linemen Christian Lombard, Zack Martin, Chris Watt, Braxston Cave and Mike Golic Jr.

The offensive tempo drill showed how much Notre Dame is hurting on the offensive line to have depth for a second unit.

The line for the second team, run by quarterback Tommy Rees, had Nick Martin, Conor Hanratty, Mark Harrell wearing No. 65 like Hanratty, Bruce Heggie and another unidentified player wearing No. 76.

Offensive linemen Tate Nichols (knee), Ronnie Stanley (elbow) and Matt Hegarty (non-football-related injury) are not available for the Irish.

The first team offensive line was the standard five with Golson running the plays. Riddick and Wood rotated out of the lineup, and both Tyler Eifert and Niklas were used at tight end with TJ Jones and DaVaris Daniels the receivers.

Friday was the last practice that had a viewing portion open to the media as No. 1 Notre Dame (12-0) gets ready to play No. 2 Alabama in the BCS championship game Monday.