Brian Kelly's youth movement at Notre Dame triggered by roster uncertainty

Cole Luke (right) holds tight to an interception during the 2014 season against Stanford. Luke is one of just three Notre Dame players from the 2013 recruiting class of 24 who remain on a conventional four-year path with the Irish.

NOTRE DAME — With Saturday's Senior Day football game against Virginia Tech pending, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly was asked if he shared the same feelings former Irish skipper Lou Holtz often spoke of decades ago regarding whether an overflow of emotion would cloud his senior players' focus when they took the field for the final time at Notre Dame Stadium.

"Earlier, I had to," Kelly answered. " … Where my first couple of years you knew who those (seniors) were, now it's a lot grayer as to who is a senior and who's not a senior."

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