Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/22/13
Linebacker Dan Fox might embody the difference in Notre Dame's defense this season. Fox is taking over the linebacker spot left vacant by Manti Te'o, moving over a spot. The 6-3, 245-pound graduate student from Rocky River, Ohio, isn't as flashy as Te'o and doesn't jump around like last year's Heisman Trophy runner-up. But the No. 14 Irish are counting on Fox and his teammates to provide the same type of dominance that led the Fighting Irish to the national title game last season. ''I just think it's a different attitude,'' said Fox, who this summer got his hair cut for the first time in four years. ''It's a workmanlike attitude.'' Fox is one of seven returning starters from a squad that last season ranked seventh in the nation in total defense, giving up 305 yards a game. The last time the Irish put together back-to-back top 10 finishes in total defense was in 1973, when it was No. 2 in total defense and won a national championship, and a season later, when it led the nation in...
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