Via Andrew Gribble.Notre Dame sophomore Matthias Farley was a scout-team wide receiver last season.Bennett Jackson was a wide receiver when he joined the Fighting Irish in 2010.KeiVarae Russell, a true freshman, played running back in high school and was recruited to play -- you guessed it -- wide receiver.All three will likely start for the Fighting Irish in the Jan. 7 BCS National Championship game against Alabama.In the secondary.
Alabama has a well earned reputation for its downhill running attack. Teams have to stack the box and the linebackers have to stay home. That puts pressure on the secondary when the Tide's AJ McCarron fakes the handoff and looks downfield.
What he'll be looking at is a set of talented wide receivers running routes against a relatively thin and inexperienced secondary. While the Irish have gotten very good play out of their makeshift backfield, this doesn't look like the talent McCarron has faced in the weekly grind of the SEC.
McCarron and the Alabama receivers vs Notre Dame's secondary is one of the key matchups of the game two weeks from tomorrow. If the Tide offensive line gives McCarron a little time to check through his rotations and find the open guy, it might be a long night for the Irish.