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Finding leaders

SOUTH BEND – Notre Dame lost plenty of leaders from last year's team that reached the BCS championship game.

The Irish lost captains Tyler Eifert, a Bishop Dwenger grad, Manti Te'o and Kapron Lewis-Moore.

Coach Brian Kelly said he has seen plenty of players step up to fill the void left by those leaders and other players who graduated.

"I think we've had some pretty consistent offensively," Kelly said Wednesday. "On the offensive line, that group has really … it is led by (left tackle) Zack Martin, but O-line leading the pack. There is a consistency in their work ethic, the way they show up. They are a no-nonsense group.

"So if you can say, who is your best leader? As a group, it's that offensive line and the way they come to practice every day, it just wears off on everybody else. They are a no-nonsense group. They get in there. They get their work done. They expect to do well, and that kind of trickles down to some of the other guys.

"I really like the way (quarterback Everett Golson) has upped his leadership from that standpoint.

"Defensively, I don't know if there is one guy, but by action, (linebacker) Prince Shembo has been great, and I would tell you when you talk about guys, (safety) Mattias Farley has been a guy that's upped his leadership. And those are young guys."