December 31, 2012 // Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame’s Unsung Heroes of 12-0

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Matthias Farley

Notre Dame (41) Matthias Farley celebrates after stopping a USC run during an NCAA football game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. Notre Dame defeated USC 22-13. (Photo – Chris Williams / Icon SMI)

Matthias Farley is the third member of the Notre Dame secondary to make our list.  In fact only Bennett Jackson didn’t make the list and the only reason he didn’t is because he has gotten plenty of attention and praise throughout the season.  Farley, like Russell, converted to defense this off-season after he spent his freshman season playing wide receiver on the scout team.  Once Slaughter was lost for the season though, Farley was thrust into a starting role and he seized the opportunity.  There were times he struggled a bit, but there were other times when he excelled like when he recorded his first career interception against Stanford and when he played the same week after breaking his hand.  Farley has a bright future and his ability to step in and be the “next man in” after Slaughter went down is a big reason for Notre Dame’s defensive success.

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