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Notre Dame media day notes: Olsen at center

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A few leftover notes from the first day of Notre Dame's weekend media extravaganza:

• A new depth chart was handed out shortly before coach Charlie Weis addressed reporters, and there were some changes from the spring. The most significant differences were on the offensive line.

Senior Eric Olsen, who started all 13 games at left guard last season, is now listed as the first-team center. Last year's starter at center, Dan Wenger, was banged up this spring. Sophomore Trevor Robinson is now No. 1 at right guard, while Chris Stewart has moved from right guard to left guard.

"We intend to play the best five guys," Weis said. "If Danny can beat out one of those three guys, then we'll shuffle accordingly. Right now, going into day one, that's where they are."

Weis said he's been planning this move for a while, but Robinson wasn't available in the spring because of a shoulder injury.

"With our scheme, the guy who gets isolated a whole bunch of times is the right guard," he said. "I think we believe that he's a guy that could athletically be in that position to give us the best chance to be successful."

• Speaking of the offensive line, Weis was encouraged by the newfound depth at the position.

He said this will be the first time in his tenure that he'll have 15 O-linemen on scholarship, and some young players have stepped forward in the weight room. He mentioned sophomore Braxston Cave, who bench-pressed 520 pounds this summer.

"That's not numbers; that's big numbers," Weis said. "Now, I don't know how that's going to translate into performance, but I do know that I'm encouraged with the number of people we're going to see when we walk out there."

• Freshman Manti Te'o, one of the nation's top recruits in last year's class, is currently listed as the backup will linebacker behind Brian Smith. But Te'o could play any of the three linebacker spots and has a great chance to start right away.

"He's very confident and understands the game from both sides," defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta said.

Weis said Te'o was physically no different than Smith and other upperclassmen at 6-foot-2, 244 pounds. I'm really looking forward to seeing Te'o running around in the open portion of tomorrow's practice.

• Wide receiver Golden Tate was one of 30 players nominated for the Walter Camp Award, which is given to the nation's top player.