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Collinsworth, Farley start at safety for Notre Dame

Updated: January 2, 2014 6:45AM



PALO ALTO, Calif. — Notre Dame did some slight shuffling after two players didn’t travel to Stanford for disciplinary reasons.

Austin Collinsworth and Matthias Farley started at safety Saturday. Collinsworth made his second straight start (10th of the season) and had an interception in the second quarter. Farley didn’t start against BYU but started the previous four games.

Eilar Hardy and Elijah Shumate didn’t make the trip because of a violation of team rules. Hardy started the two previous games.

Shumate started four games. He missed the USC, Air Force and Navy games because of a hamstring injury but returned against Pittsburgh.

Martin sets mark

Left tackle Zack Martin set a school record with his 51st career start.

“It’s a huge honor, but I try not to think about it. It’s not going to be something that I think about during the game,” Martin said earlier this week.

‘‘You get better by experience on the game field, so I’ve been lucky to be out there for four seasons and get tons and tons of experience. It’s been good for me.’’

Martin surpassed Sam Young, who played for Notre Dame from 2006 to ’09. Martin and Young were teammates.

“They assign seniors to freshmen, and he was mine my freshman year,” Martin said. “He was great at looking after me and taught me a lot. He’s a great guy.’’

Fresh face

Defensive lineman Jarron Jones became the 18th player to start on defense for Notre Dame.



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