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10.29.11 Gameday 7.JPG Broncos add McCarthy: After spending the season on the practice squad, former Notre Dame safety Kyle McCarthy ('09) rejoined Denver's active roster on Monday. McCarthy played in eight games for the Broncos during the 2010 season, and joins Irish teammates Brady Quinn ('07) and David Bruton ('09) when Denver visits Minnesota this weekend.

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Christmas in Disney World: Though no official announcement will be made until Dec. 4, all signs point to Notre Dame playing in the Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 29 in Orlando, Fla. ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach projects that the Irish will take on Florida State, while Brad Edwards predicts a matchup with Clemson. Stewart Mandel from SI.com also projects a showdown with the Tigers. Barring any significant shakeup in the season's final weekend, it appears the Irish may be spending the holidays closer to Cinderella's Castle than the Golden Dome.

Te'o Named Lott Finalist: Junior linebacker Manti Te'o was named a finalist for the 2011 Lott IMPACT Trophy, an award that goes "to the defensive player who has had the biggest IMPACT on his team, both on and off the field. The IMPACT acronym is Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity." The other three finalists are Emmanuel Acho of Texas, Dont'a Hightower of Alabama and Luke Kuechly of Boston College. Te'o is also a finalist for the Butkus Award, presented to the top linebacker in college football.

Smith also headed to the NFL: According to a tweet he sent earlier this afternoon, former Irish linebacker Brian Smith ('11) may also be NFL bound. Smith spent some time as part of the Cleveland Browns squad during the summer, but was released before the season began in September.

- Josh Flynt ('11)

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