August 23, 2008

Rudolph on verge of starting berth

Notre Dame sustained a tough loss when tight end John Carlson-the strapping, athletic and mature leader of the '07 Irish-moved on to the NFL. Two weeks of pre-season practice and an impressive debut with the media corps Friday showed that freshman Kyle Rudolph could slide ride into the big shoes left by the former Irish captain, and fill the gap created by the injury to Mike Ragone.

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