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OregonLive.com - All fall, Joseph Restic has left his Wilsonville orthodontist office to head to the football field, where he has served as the volunteer head coach of the Wilsonville Wildcats eighth-grade football team. "I love working with the kids," he said, noting that coaching is an opportunity to give back to the community that has supported his practice for more than 20 years. The players were fascinated to learn that he played football at Notre Dame alongside legendary quarterback Joe Montana as well as Eugene "Rudy" Ruettiger, the impetus for the movie "Rudy." A longtime coach for his son's Lake Oswego youth football team, Restic says he heard about the opportunity from Barry Larsen, a Wilsonville youth football coach who is the father of one of his patients. Restic, the son of a Harvard University football coach, said he grew up on the sidelines, helping at practice and serving as water boy. He earned a football scholarship to Notre Dame and was subsequently drafted by the Chicago Bears, though he was eventually cut. While earning his doctorate in dental medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, he was recruited by a United States Football League team, the Boston Breakers, which eventually became the Portland Breakers. Restic fell in love with the area and attended Oregon Health Sciences University for his orthodontic training.
- Linebacker Manti Te'o was named one of 16 semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, the Maxwell Football Club announced Tuesday ... the Bednarik Award is presented to college football's best defensive player ... Te'o leads the Irish with 82 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and four and a half sacks ... he has already set career highs this year in tackles for loss and sacks ... Te'o has recorded at least 10 tackles in six of eight games this year and he leads the Irish in solo tackles, assisted tackles and tackles on running plays ... among all middle or inside linebackers in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Te'o ranks tied for first in solo tackles for loss, tied for first in solo sacks, second in total sacks,second in total tackles for loss, second in tackles for loss per game and third in sacks per game. - The LSU-Alabama game this weekend has prompted lots of revisiting of previous No. 1 vs. No. 2 college games ... SI.com's Richard Rothschild rated the best previous regular-season collisions based on quality of the game, impact on the season and long-term ramifications - and he put 1946 Notre Dame-Army 10th on his list, 1966 Notre Dame-Michigan State sixth and 1993 Notre Dame-Florida State fifth. - Through eight games, Notre Dame's Tommy Rees has completed 179 passes for an average of 22.375 per game ... if Rees continues that pace and the Irish play 13 games, Rees would finish with 291 completions - one short of Brady Quinn's Notre Dame single-season record of 292 from 2005 ... Rees has played only about the equivalent of one full season, but his career .641 pass completion percentage is the best in Notre Dame history ... he needs one more TD pass to match (1943 Heisman Trophy winner) Angelo Bertelli's career total and four more to catch Joe Theismann at 31. - Michael Floyd ranks second nationally among active players in career pass receptions and career reception yards ... through eight games he has caught 63 balls - for an average of 7.875 per game ... if he continues that pace and the Irish play 13 games he would finish with 102 catches (which would easily eclipse Golden Tate's Irish single-season record of 93 from 2009) ... Floyd currently has 1,025 receiving yards (128.125 per game) - which would project to 1,665 over 13 games (better than Tate's single-season Notre Dame record of 1,496 from 2009). - Saturday is the seventh annual National College Football Day, originally created by the Cotton Bowl Classic. - Anders Lee has been selected as the RBC Financial Group CCHA Player of the Month for October ... the 6-3, 227-pound left wing has helped the fourth-ranked Irish get off to a strong 5-2 start this season as he has scored at least one goal in all seven games, with a two-goal effort and a hat trick thrown in for good measure ... after seven contests, Lee leads both the conference and the nation with 10 goals and has added three assists for 13 points.