Thursday, October 6, 2011
What to watch: Week 6 vs. Air Force
By Matt Fortuna
Here's what to keep an eye out for Saturday when Notre Dame hosts Air Force:
Return of Danny Spond: The sophomore is expected to return as the second-team drop linebacker, behind Prince Shembo. Spond has not played since Week 2 at Michigan, where he tweaked his left hamstring.
Big play from Stephon Tuitt: The defensive ends may need to step up if starter Ethan Johnson (right ankle sprain) cannot go, and the freshman Tuitt is one who could see extended playing time. Tuitt did not travel last week after failing to meet Brian Kelly's missed class policy, but Kelly has been impressed with the freshman's response throughout the week, including Tuitt's apology to the team for letting it down.
A pink theme: Notre Dame will be wearing the adidas Breast Cancer Collection, apparel created to support October's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Players will wear pink gloves, along with pink armbands, wristbands and headbands. Kelly's wife, Paqui, is a two-time breast cancer survivor.