Behind the Scenes: Irish Practice Players

Fighting Irish Athletics | February 4, 2016  

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Matt Bensen's heart nearly leaped out of his chest.

His emotions quickly ran the gamut from sheepish to terrified.

Bensen, one of the male practice players who works against the University of Notre Dame women's basketball squad, had stepped on someone's foot.

But not just any someone.

He stepped on Skylar Diggins' foot.

Yes, that Skylar Diggins, the former multiple-time Irish All-America guard who back then was preparing for her senior season.

Diggins was not happy. She had rolled her ankle and was laying on the court.

Irish Hall of Fame coach Muffet McGraw was not happy.

Nobody was happy.

Bensen, then a freshman participating in his first practice during 2012 fall workouts, thought maybe his Irish contribution had come to a screeching halt.

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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