Maurice Crum leads the Irish with 38 tackles. Safety David Bruton is 2nd with 35.
The Irish have four sacks. Safety David Bruton has one of them.
The Irish have two interceptions. Safety David Bruton has one of them.
And that one interception, late in the first half against Michigan State, is what has caught the eye of many.
Bruton came flying across the field and made a fabulous leaping interception near the sideline.
"You won't see a better play from a safety," defensive coordinator Corwin Brown said. "You go to the league, you go here, you won't see a better play."
"That's a play I will use as a cut-up until I'm done coaching," Brown continued. "You will not see a better play, everything about that play was perfect."
Even Bruton had a big smile on his face Wednesday when asked about the play. Once he saw it on tape, he realized he had done something impressive.
"I didn't know I jumped that high," Bruton said.
"I always heard coach Lewis say a good safety can break from numbers to numbers. I always joked with Leo [Ferrine] and Terrail [Lambert] that I could go sideline to sideline if I have to."
"And in that play I actually went beyond the numbers and close to the sidelines. So I was like 'hey, maybe I can do it.'"
Bruton has had growing responsibility this season. The Irish have implemented a new package, the penny, where only one safety is on the field.
Bruton is that safety -- not captain Tom Zbikowski.
The Irish will need a big game out of both Bruton and Zibby on Saturday as they face a Purdue offense that is averaging 48.5 points per game.
Quarterback Curtis Painter has 16 touchdowns and just one interception in four games this season.
Kickoff for Purdue-Notre Dame is at noon on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette. Jeff Jeffers will have a full recap on NewsCenter 16 at 6 on Saturday evening.