Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 8/8/13
Stephon Tuitt enters the 2013 college football season as one of the most impressive defensive linemen in the nation. He led Notre Dame in tackles for loss with 13 and sacks with 12. And he projects as a first round pick in next May’s NFL Draft. A possible top 15, top 20 pick. ND Coach Brian Kelly talked about Stephon Tuitt at the season opening press conference: “Our focus with Stephon Tuitt this summer was conditioning, making sure he can be on the field for as many plays, and for him to continue to make progress academically towards his degree.” Kelly said   “We didn’t have a conversation about anything as it relates to the National Football League.” Q. What do you like best in the game of Stephon Tuitt? Can you see him being the leader of the unit this year? COACH KELLY: “Yeah, I think everybody on that defensive unit can take a leadership role some in different forms. If Stephon Tuitt is out there doing his job, doing what he’s asked to do on a day to day basis, he de facto becomes a leader for us. That’s how we go into developing our players on a day to day basis. It doesn’t mean they have to have a C on their jersey to be a leader. Our expectations are, absolutely, yes, we expect him to be a leader for us on defense.” Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, a Fox Sports affiliate. He is also an analyst for 95.7 The Fan, and writes on Chicago sports media for Chicago Now. President Obama follows his Twitter account (@PaulMBanks) The post Notre Dame has 1st rd prospect in Stephon Tuitt appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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