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Irish Insights


Notre Dame could stop doubling up agaisnt service academies

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said during his Sunday teleconference that at least three of the injuries the team is dealing with on defense can be attributed to the offensive styles of the Irish's last two opponents.

Notre Dame (7-2) played Air Force and Navy the last two weeks.

"I can attribute it to (defensive lineman) Kona Schwenke's (ankle) injury. He got cut (against Navy on Saturday), and it caused that injury," Kelly said. "I can contribute it to Ishaq Williams' ACL. He was cut (against Air Force on Oct. 26), and it caused that injury. And Sheldon Day, his re-injury (of his ankle against Navy), all of them contributed specifically to those.

"You know, it's unfortunate. It's the style of offense that the academies play. It is what it is."

The rash of injuries and the need to included five ACC opponents each season starting next year could keep the Irish from facing more than one service academy team in a season again.

"There is no question that as you look at our schedule moving forward, I don't believe that both of them appear on our schedule for quite some time," Kelly said.