South Bend (IN) -- Thursday morning, the Irish took the practice field for the final time before Saturday's Blue-Gold game. One of the biggest questions the team faced entering spring ball still has yet to be answered: who will step up at linebacker?
Defensive coordinator Clark Lea said fifth-year linebacker Asmar Bilal is the closest thing the unit has to an 'absolute' at this point, but he seems ok with the uncertainty.
He believes the position has made big strides over the last month and a half, but is in no rush to have everything in place with Week 1 still months away.
"We are, to a man, better equipped, better skilled from where we started," Lea said. "We're still a work in progress and have a long way to go, but slowly but surely the picture is clearing up, and I think Saturday will be in important part of that, but it's also still really really early. We'll keep this movement going through the summer and into the fall and hopefully by the time we're lined up against Louisville, we have a unit we think can win at a high level."
The linebackers will have one more chance to impress Lea and the rest of the coaching staff, at Saturday's Blue-Gold game.
Kickoff is at 12:30pm.