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Joe Schmidt's unlikely journey from walk-on to Notre Dame captain

Joe Schmidt's unlikely journey from walk-on to Notre Dame captain

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Joe Schmidt settled into a front-row seat inside the Isban Auditorium early Thursday evening. He wasn't there to audition. The linebacker — who recruited Notre Dame because Notre Dame couldn't recruit him — did his auditioning during his first two seasons as a walk-on, for which he was rewarded with a scholarship before the 2013 season. No, the sandy-haired graduate student from Orange, Calif., was front and center, playing the role of a 6-foot, 235-pound Rudy, but with a better ending: On this day, Schmidt was named one of the Irish's five captains for the 2015 season. Schmidt feared his mother, Debra, might be disappointed. He...

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