Apr. 21, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly and defensive end Kona Schwenke (96) wait to take the field for the Blue-Gold Game at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

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On Saturday, Notre Dame will hold a glorified scrimmage inside Notre Dame Stadium. A 3rd or 4th string Running Back will look like Reggie Brooks before the day is over. Many fans will jump to conclusions about the team. But, things can be learned from the game. Last year, fans saw Everett Golson take a big step towards becoming the starting Quarterback. What will we see this year?

Saving Grace

Since Jarrett Grace arrived on campus, Notre Dame coaches have raved about his potential. This spring, he is turning that potential into production. Grace has nailed down the Mike Linebacker position recently vacated by All-American Manti Te’o. Coaches and players have praised his leadership ability.

Prosise Takes Over

Prosise has shown that if he can refine his skills he could be a big time playmaker for the Fighting Irish in 2013. In several of the videos available online, Prosise has shown an excellent burst. He will need to catch the ball more consistently and run better routes. The summer is a great time to do that. He should show flashes of what he is capable of in the game on Saturday.

Martin Solidifies the Line

At the beginning of spring, Brian Kelly stated that when the Center position is nailed down the rest of the line would begin to take shape. It did not take long for the line to take shape. Martin showed from the first practice that he could do that job. With Martin moving into the Center position, Hanratty looks ready to move into the Guard slot.

Shumate Stands Out

Elijah Shumate would be an incredible update athletically at the safety position. Last year, Shumate contributed in Notre Dame’s Nickel package. This year, he looks to make a permanent transition to Safety. What will he show during the 2013 Spring Game?

Zaire, Onwualu Impress

Early enrollees Malik Zaire and James Onwualu have impressed early on in Spring Practice. Malik Zaire has been noted for his ability to pick up the schemes. But realistically, how far along is he? Last year, Kiel demonstrated that he was no where near ready to play. What will Zaire show? Onwualu certainly looks the part. With a lack of depth at the Wide Receiver position, he could find his way on the field early.

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