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Sunday, September 2, 2012
Notre Dame helmet stickers: Week 1

By Matt Fortuna

There were plenty of decals to go around after Notre Dame's 50-10 win over Navy. Here are the players who deserved them the most.

Theo Riddick/George Atkinson III/Cam McDaniel: Yes, each gets his own individual helmet sticker. Riddick rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, adding two catches for 25 yards. Atkinson rushed for 99 yards and a score on just nine carries. McDaniel added 59 yards on nine carries, and he had a 20-yard reception as well. Cierre Wood may have to get used to sharing the load when he returns in two weeks.

Offensive line: Yes, each lineman gets his own individual helmet sticker here, as well. The guys in the trenches dominated from start to finish, opening holes for the athletic backs to make plays. Watching Saturday morning, it was hard to imagine which team entered as the one with the unstoppable ground game. Notre Dame was that team against Navy, outrushing the Midshipmen 293-149.

Everett Golson: That red zone interception brought back nightmares. But he's a redshirt freshman, and things are going to happen. Better in a 40-point win. Other than that, Golson did exactly what was asked of him, completing 12 of 18 passes for 144 yards and a score. Not bad considering the circumstances (first career game) and atmosphere (overseas). Better days are ahead.

Stephon Tuitt: If there's another 303-pounder capable of going untouched on a 77-yard touchdown, show me. The sophomore made a compelling case to become the jumbo goal-line back should Brian Kelly ever need one. He added a sack, too.

Manti Te'o: His first career pick. His first career fumble recovery. Who knew? (But let's see him do that in the good ol' U.S. of A.)