NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Senior Day is on the way. After taking last week off, Notre Dame is now gearing-up for its final home game of the season this Saturday against BYU. Thirty-three seniors will be recognized in the field prior to the game.
That group includes a collection of seniors who have exhausted four years of eligibility in the traditional four-year window, players who are currently in their fifth year of eligibility and players who could have the chance to come back next year for a fifth year.
After losing Senior Day games to Syracuse and UConn in 2008 and 2009, Notre Dame has won three consecutive home finales under Brian Kelly. The Irish head coach said during his Tuesday press conference that Senior Day emotion is always a concern.
"The emotional impact is always measured," Kelly said. "Because, you certainly don't want your players playing emotionally - you want an enthusiasm. We'll be talking about that balance between the emotions of a last game and the enthusiasm of playing in your last game."
The bulk of the players who will run onto the Notre Dame Stadium field for the last time Saturday arrived on campus in 2010 - Kelly's first season as Irish head coach. They were all initially recruited by Charlie Weis, but Kelly had to hold the group together after he took over when Weis was fired.