August 8, 2006

Irish want depth on D-line

Charlie Weis didn't look far for defensive solutions.

Minutes into Notre Dame's first camp practice, the Irish head coach walked toward the defensive line with a simple message.

"If we're going to get any better on defense, it starts with you guys right here," Weis said while looking over the shoulder of assistant Jappy Oliver as linemen ran through drills.

Tagging the defensive line's progress as make-or-break to Notre Dame's improvement on the side of the ball that doesn't include a Heisman Trophy favorite might be a little over the top, but it's not without merit. The defensive line recorded just 15 1/2 sacks last season with eight of those going to Victor Abiamiri. Notre Dame might have been able to absorb that mediocre total if not for the defensive miscues that plagued the secondary.

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