Posted January 03, 2013 on AP on Fox
(Eds: Adds details. With AP Photos.) By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer Matthias Farley's path to the BCS title game is far from conventional. He'll start at safety for top-ranked Notre Dame on Monday night, when the Fighting Irish take on No. 2 Alabama to decide this season's college football national champion. That notion would have seemed impossible four years ago. It didn't even look all that likely even four months ago. Yet here he is, a rookie in terms of playing defense, set to potentially take on a huge role in the BCS title game. ''He's a great player and he's done a great job so far,'' said Notre Dame safety Zeke Motta, who starts alongside Farley. ''I wouldn't expect anything less. His preparation and how he's approached that transition, I think it's been great. He's definitely accepted the challenge.'' And that challenge was a daunting one. To fully understand why Farley's role has been such a key for Notre Dame this season, the calendar would have to be flipped back...
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