Irish still seeking identity, face Michigan State
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is looking for more from the defense when the 22nd-ranked Fighting Irish face Michigan State on Saturday.
Kelly says the defense needs better communication and more leadership coming from its inside linebacker position, where three players are sharing two spots. He says he knew exactly what to expect last season when Manti Te'o was leading the defense, but that hasn't been the case so far this season.
The Spartans (3-0) have looked more like the Irish of last season than Notre Dame has, depending on the nation's No. 1 defense to win games. Defensive end Shilique Calhoun has led the charge with three touchdowns on a pair of fumble recoveries and an interception return as the defense scored four of the Spartans' first six touchdowns.