- Matt Fortuna, ESPN Staff Writer
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My pick for who will transform tomorrow is Kapron Lewis-Moore.
He has been through this routine before, taking part in senior day festivities last season before being invited back for a fifth season. So he will probably be among the least-affected of the group in the early stages, when Notre Dame has had more than enough trouble getting off to hot home starts.
Lewis-Moore was the forgotten man for much of the offseason, thanks to a season-ending knee injury and the emergence of Aaron Lynch in his place, which would have created the odd circumstance of having a returning three-year starter without a starting spot.
Well, Lynch transferred. And the Notre Dame defensive line has not missed a beat.
Stephon Tuitt has the big numbers (11 sacks) and Louis Nix has the big name (Irish Chocolate), but Lewis-Moore has been the steadiest of the bunch, serving as one of two defensive captains and always keeping things light off the field.
"He has great energy, a positive energy," Manti Te'o said. "Kap is always positive and working hard. Old man Kap. He's beaten down sometimes, but he always seems it smile and try to uplift our team. Our team is better because Kap is the captain. I'm grateful that I have him by my side as the defensive captain. It makes my job easier, and hopefully I make his job a lot easier too.
"But to have Kap on the D‑line and really be that anchor and such a powerful force definitely has made our defense better and has made my job a lot easier."
Lewis-Moore has 5.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and seven quarterback hurries on the season, and he will have a great chance to build off that against a Wake Forest offensive line that has struggled throughout this rebuilding season.
Expect Tanner Price to look the way many visiting quarterbacks have this season at Notre Dame Stadium, with Lewis-Moore disrupting the trip for the Demon Deacons signal caller as much as anyone.