What to Watch: Week 11 vs. Maryland

Here's what to keep an eye on Saturday night at FedEx Field:

  • Ethan Johnson's return: Brian Kelly said Tuesday he is confident the senior end will play. Johnson has not played since spraining his right ankle on the first play of Notre Dame's Oct. 1 game at Purdue. He will add much-needed depth to a banged-up Irish defensive line.

  • More Andrew Hendrix: I know, this is a repeat. But it would be hard to envision the sophomore not playing for a third straight game, especially against an opponent like Maryland. He brings a different aspect to the table, and his mobility should be taken advantage of against the Terrapins' weak rush defense.

  • Flashy uniforms: Shamrock-covered helmets. Black and yellow and red all over. Traditionalists will be blinded by the fashion habits of Notre Dame and Maryland for this prime-time kick, though Irish players have embraced their new look.