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Georgia game is a homecoming for Notre Dame running back Mick Assaf

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ATHENS, Ga.—When the University of Notre Dame football team travels to Athens to play third-ranked Georgia on September 21, it’ll mark a homecoming for running back Mick Assaf.

Assaf is one of four players from both teams taking the field Saturday night that attended Pace Academy in Atlanta. Assaf’s own father is the head of the school.

“It’s definitely interesting having your dad as principal of a school. People think you have preferential treatment so you have to be on the lookout for that and be on your best behavior,” Assaf said.

While Assaf may not be a star on the field, garnering only three carries for eight yards, this walk-on is one of the most popular players on Notre Dame’s roster.

At one point, Assaf was roommates with quarterback Ian Book.

“He likes oatmeal with peanut butter,” Assaf shared, a little known fact about Book.

It’s that dry sense of humor that has caught on with not only his teammates, but Fighting Irish fans as well.

“Katie Myers is the head of social media and she asked me to do something for the Cotton Bowl and I guessed she liked it and she said anything I can do to help out. She asked me to do it and I said let’s do it,” Assaf said.

Assaf dropped his own mix tape on Notre Dame Football’s social media and it took off. He interviews his fellow teammates in short videos posted online, even reporting live from the team’s cold tub.

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