What to watch: Week 1 at Notre Dame

Here's a look at what to watch this week in Notre Dame's opener:

  • More action for Toma. With Brian Kelly saying return man Theo Riddick's breaks will come on offense -- and with Riddick part of a five-man receiver rotation -- look for Robby Toma to see extended action in the slot. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound junior from Hawaii accounted for four plays of 20 yards or more last season.

  • Multiple freshmen at once. Kelly is hoping he doesn't have to play his newcomers too often, but he said Wednesday that they could play at the same time. That likely means a tandem of Aaron Lynch and Stephon Tuitt at one point. The prized defensive end recruits cracked the two-deep on this week's depth chart.

  • A new pregame route. The team will no longer walk from Mass at the Basilica to Notre Dame Stadium. It will instead board buses to the Guglielmino Athletics Complex for pregame meetings before walking to the stadium from the Hesburgh Library.