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Cave has shown tremendous resiliency by twice bouncing back from season-ending injuries during a career that spanned five seasons with Notre Dame. He saw action sparingly in a freshman season cut short after five appearances due to injury. He bounced back to play in his next 34 games, including nine starts at center in 2011 before suffering a season-ending foot injury. His absence was obvious as Fighting Irish quarterbacks were sacked 12 times in the four games he missed. It's no coincidence that his play in earning third-team All-American honors as a senior helped spearhead Notre Dame's run to the BCS title game even though Cave missed spring practice. However, Cave did not do himself any favors as Alabama's defensive front overwhelmed him at times in that 42-14 defeat, and that state continued to haunt him as he also was sub-par at the Senior Bowl in Mobile. That set the stage for a redemptive performance at the NFL combine, but it never materialized. Cave turned in a 5.31-second 40-yard dash while his broad jump of 8 feet, 2 inches was another lowlight. He seems to have a good head on his shoulders and conducts himself well in interviews, but NFL scouts are more concerned about his lack of physicality. His toughness in battling through pain is a major asset, of course. Cave projects as a late-round pick if he is selected at all.