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Friday, October 5, 2012
Who will transform tomorrow?

By Matt Fortuna

DaVaris Daniels grew up watching games at Soldier Field. His father, Phillip, spent four years of his 15-year career with the Chicago Bears, from 2000-03. He has said that DaVaris would wait outside the home locker room in tears after some Bears losses.

Daniels gets the chance to follow in his father's footsteps this Saturday as part of the Irish's "Shamrock Series," whose off-site destination this season is the home of the Bears. He will be facing a Miami defense that ranks 91st against the pass, surrendering 269 yards through the air per game.

Of course, Notre Dame has hardly been lighting it up offensively through four games, but this could present a nice opportunity for the offense to take the next step forward. All-America tight end Tyler Eifert has been the focus of opposing defenses throughout the season, and he has just one catch over his last two games.

Someone needs to step up, and that someone could be Daniels, who leads the team with 159 receiving yards, this despite leaving Week 2 with an ankle sprain and barely playing in Week 3.

Daniels bounced back with three catches for 40 yards in the Irish's win against Michigan, and he may get the chance Saturday to be the downfield threat that Notre Dame has lacked through four games.