Notre Dame chat wrap: May 4

A huge turnout for Friday's chat made for a lot of unanswered, good questions. Drop me a line in the mailbag and I'll try to get back to you.

Here is what you missed in the chat, along with some highlights below:

  • Kris (Dearborn): Well, it looks like the QB race just got a little simpler. Do you think Rees has any chance of rejoining the team, and if so, competing for the starting position?

  • Matt Fortuna (2:07 PM): Kris, I think he has a chance of re-joining the team and even competing, but this certainly hurts his starting chances dramatically. Leadership issue is an obvious question, and if he's suspended for any part of the offseason the other three will be able to gain plenty of ground on him. It's not working in his favor right now.

  • Matt (Pittsburgh): Why is the press making such a big deal about things happening in South Bend lately? Kids are getting arrested and transferring at other schools too. They are holding Notre Dame to a higher standard!

  • Matt Fortuna (2:25 PM): Doesn't Notre Dame hold itself to a higher standard? When the starting quarterback of the third-winningest program in the country has to be pepper-sprayed, it is a very big deal and will be covered like one.

  • Skip (Chandler, Ariz.): Can you comment on the RB situation and do you think this will be a strength of ND's this year? Who will stand out the most?

  • Matt Fortuna (2:30 PM): Skip, absolutely. We all know what they return in Cierre Wood, and Theo Riddick has been fabulous this spring. He should see plenty of action out of the backfield, and if George Atkinson III can hang on to the ball better, he should be primed for a big year on offense as well.

  • Craig (Indianapolis): "September 2014...Notre Dame is coming off their first National Championship since 1988 and hasn't had a off-field incident since Tommy Rees' drinking arrest."Just wishful thinking?

  • Matt Fortuna (2:38 PM): Yes. Arrests will happen everywhere, at any time, with 18-22 year old kids. That doesn't make it OK and doesn't mean all are equal, but the next time you run into a group of 85 or so perfect college kids will be the first.

  • George (Philly): The secondary will be the the biggest question for the defense next season. What do you see happening at CB and Safety in 2012?

  • Matt Fortuna (2:40 PM): Safety should be fine. Slaughter and Motta are experienced players who can be relied upon, and Collinsworth is a more than capable player as well. Bennett Jackson has the inside track as one starter at corner. I'd keep a close eye on Lo Wood and Josh Atkinson at the other spot. Still, mistakes are going to come against some of the offenses they will face.