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Irish Insights


Rutgers to be challenged by Notre Dame's offense

NEW YORK – Notre Dame’s ability to do what it needs to to win has caught the eye of Rutgers interim defensive coordinator Joe Rossi.

“They are a multiple team,” Rossi said during Thursday’s Pinstripe Bowl press conference at Yankee Stadium to preview Saturday’s game between the No. 25 Irish (8-4) and the Scarlet Knights (6-6).

“I’ve seen them run it 50 times in a game, if they think that is what they need to do to win. You’ve seen them throw it 50 times, if they think that is what they need to do to win.”

The Irish averaged 249.5 passing yards and 149 rushing yards this season.

Quarterback Tommy Rees threw for 2,938 yards with 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, and while Rossi praised Rees’ ability to lead the offense, the quarterback’s top two targets stuck out to him.

TJ Jones has 65 catches for 1,042 yards with nine touchdowns, and DaVaris Daniels had 46 catches for 720 yards with seven touchdowns for the Irish.

“Those guys are dynamic players,” Rossi said. “They have good speed. The thing that is most impressive is their ball skills. They are able to get open vertically down the field. They are able to go up and catch the football. They are going to be guys that are a challenge to defend.”