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NOTRE DAME’S CAVE A TRUE ANCHOR FOR IRISH OFFENSIVE LINE

Posted by Kevin Bowen on February 22, 2013 – 12:04 pm

Growing up in the shadow of the Golden Dome, Braxston Cave always envisioned himself playing for the University of Notre Dame.

That dream became a reality for the Granger, Ind. product as Cave anchored the middle of the Fighting Irish offensive line with 35 starts over the last three seasons.

Cave has been a lineman since he began playing football and even though his college days are over, he still feels the continuity of five guys working towards a common goal during his draft workouts.

“Being pushed as an o-line, it’s not just pushing just one guy. It’s five guys you have to take to another level,” Cave, who is one of the strongest centers in the draft, said on Thursday at the 2013 NFL Combine.

“I’m training with four other guys out in California and we have a full line out there. It’s nice to have guys to compete and push. You’re with some of the top guys in the country so you know what the standard is and how you’re going to have to perform.”

This past season, Cave and the Irish performed at an extremely high level turning in an undefeated regular season and a spot in the BCS Championship.

With the combine taking place this week, Cave said he has tried to focus away from where he his name falls among on the other centers.

“That stuff seems to change every day. I put my work in the last four, five years. It’s all on film,” Cave said.

In 2012, Cave snapped for a balanced offensive attack that produced 2,462 yards on the ground and an additional 2,896 through the air in leading Notre Dame back to the National Title game.

The goal for Cave this week is showcasing his athletic ability that was not as displayed in the offensive system the Irish ran.

“In our offense, I was matched up one-on-one a lot so I didn’t really get to show my speed in the open field,” Cave said. “This will be nice to get out there and open it up.”


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