- Matt Fortuna, ESPN Staff Writer
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It's that time of the year again.
We're only so far away from the start of the regular season, and so we will get things started by counting down the top 25 Notre Dame players for the 2013 season.
A few things to note: This list is based on past production and 2013 potential. NFL projections have no impact here.
You can review our 2012 postseason countdown here.
We'll start with No. 25 today and continue each weekday until the week leading up to the Aug. 31 season opener against Temple.
No. 25: Greg Bryant, Freshman RB
Previous ranking: N/A
Making the case: Based on high school production and potential, Bryant is one of the top running back recruits Notre Dame has landed in recent memory. The incoming freshman was an ESPN four-star prospect, ranked second nationally among running backs and 22nd overall among all class of 2013 prospects. The American Heritage-Boca-Delray (Delray Beach, Fla.) product who decommitted from Oklahoma will likely have the chance to take advantage of a Notre Dame backfield that loses its top two rushers from a season ago. While juniors George Atkinson III and Cam McDaniel have experience, the field is wide open for players like Bryant, fellow four-star freshman Tarean Folston, redshirt freshman William Mahone and USC transfer Amir Carlisle to establish themselves as legitimate No. 1 or 2 backs. Bryant's 5-foot-11, 197-pound build and ability to elude defenders give him a strong chance to make an immediate impact in Year 1 in South Bend.
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