Matt Fortuna, ESPN | January 25, 2016
A father and his oldest son arrived at Notre Dame from New Orleans for a college visit last August before the Irish's 2014 opener against Rice.
The father's brother had attended Notre Dame -- as their father did before him -- and Dad wanted to give the first of his seven kids a sense of the tradition.
During their tour, an instructor told a story about a walk-on who would go on to lead the Irish in tackles that Saturday against the Owls. The guide said the player had been admitted to Notre Dame in 2011 on his academic record and earned an athletic scholarship in fewer than three years. He said the 6-foot-1, 235-pounder would be starting at middle linebacker, and that he had won over his team and campus with his determination.