Thursday, November 17, 2011
What to watch: Week 12 vs. Boston College
By Matt Fortuna
Here's what to keep an eye on Saturday when the Irish host the Eagles:
- Manti Te'o: The junior linebacker says he is healthy. The projected first-round pick might just be playing his final game at Notre Dame Stadium. And he has certainly heard all the talk about Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly. All of this should add up to another strong Te'o performance, much like his most recent game in South Bend, Oct. 29 against Navy.
- Another strong performance from Robby Toma: Theo Riddick is not expected to start, leaving Toma, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound junior, to fill his shoes at wide receiver. He was more than capable last week, just as he was last season. If we've learned anything about Toma, it's that he knows how to make the most of his limited opportunities.
- Steve Filer and Mike Ragone: These two seniors won't be on the field for their class' final home game, but the two will be honored for their Notre Dame careers. Each has suffered a season-ending ACL injury, and Filer even put off surgery until after this game to enjoy his final walk through the tunnel. It will be nice to see this duo get proper recognition.