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Irish secondary believes it has it covered

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Bennett Jackson knows that everybody's doubting the Notre Dame cornerbacks, none of whom has any significant game experience. Jackson understands those doubts, too.

"If the secondary doesn't do good, the team is not going to win the game, basically," Jackson said. "We know that. Coach preaches that all the time. Basically, we know people are doubting us. (But) we don't really pay too much attention to it. We can't pay attention to it. Obviously we can't do anything about it until our time comes. We've worked really, extremely hard throughout the summer, throughout camp. I feel we've done the best we can do up to this point."

But Jackson, the only Irish corner to have locked up a starting job, doesn't share those doubts.

"I wouldn't say that there's doubt," he said. "I have no doubt; there's no doubts when I go out there. I'm confident in myself that I'll be able to get the job done. I'm not speaking for anyone else, but as a cornerback, you've got to be cocky, you've got to be confident in yourself. In my mind, I feel I can get the job done."

Sophomore Matthias Farley, a safety who's making a push for serious playing time, works side by side with the corners every day, and wants fans to know everything's going to be OK.

"We've got great players who could fill in at any point," he said. "I honestly feel we'll be absolutely safe and set."

As for who'll start opposite Jackson at corner, it's still up for grabs between Jalen Brown, KeiVarae Russell or Josh Atkinson.

"At the end of the day, there's going to be one guy starting," Jackson said. "We've got about a week to figure out who that's going to be."

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