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Joyner: Notre Dame's upward trajectory

1/31/2014

ESPN Insider KC Joyner sees plenty to like about Notre Dame as he looks ahead to the 2014 season and beyond. Yes, there are massive personnel losses on both sides of the ball. And no, the schedule is not exactly filled with cupcakes. But the early success and stability brought by the Brian Kelly regime suggests more good things are on the horizon for the Irish in Year 5 of the Kelly era.

Offensively, Joyner sees a quarterback in Everett Golson who was great at minimizing negative plays with the ball in his hands. Nearly as important is the chemistry he had developed with DaVaris Daniels, who plans to return after his spring-semester suspension. And he sees a running game that may have been much more productive than many had thought, citing the backs' penchant for avoiding losses and the wealth of experience many underclassmen gained last season on the offensive line.

Joyner also has some good things to say about the defense. The piece is on Insider, so you have to register to read it. But it makes a strong case for why Notre Dame likely isn't going anywhere but up so long as Kelly is around.