D-linemen helping Manti Te'o's cause

Updated: October 12, 2012, 5:39 PM ET
By Kevin Weidl

When you throw on the film of the Notre Dame defense, it's easy to see why the Fighting Irish enter Week 7 ranked second nationally in scoring defense (7.8 ppg) and 13th in total defense (290 ypg) and why ILB Manti Te'o has had room to make so many plays.

It all starts with the horses up front, with a pair of juniors -- OLB Prince Shembo and NG Louis Nix -- and true sophomore Stephon Tuitt standing out.