August 29, 2007

'Outhouse or castle'

Charlie Weis expects big things from Armando Allen and Golden Tate.

Beyond that, the Notre Dame coach has no clue what the pair of first-team freshmen will deliver on Saturday against Georgia Tech. Considering Weis' penchant for receiving the opening kickoff, there's a good chance Allen or Tate will record the first statistic of the season.

That could be a touchdown … or a fumble.

"I call that outhouse or castle," Weis laughed. "We're going to put two freshmen back there that can run real fast. When they get the ball, something big's going to happen. I'm rooting on that something big being something good."

While first-team freshman catch the attention of fans, it's common for Weis to call on rookies in special teams roles, even in openers. David Grimes was tabbed as the starting punt returner two years ago at Pittsburgh and George West brought a punt back at Georgia Tech last season.

However, unlike their predecessors, this latest crop of freshmen owns a gear that's been missing at Notre Dame lately. The Irish haven't brought back a kickoff for a touchdown since Vontez Duff did it against Navy in 2002.

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