He started at OG on the ND Frosh team. But Frosh coach Denny Murphy used to let Potempa play some LBer too.
When Frosh QB Cliff Brown led the Irish Frosh to a come from behind victory over the Tennessee frosh (ND was down 20-0 & scored 21 4th Q pts to take the lead), the Vols had one last chance after ND scored the go ahead td.
Gary Potempa, inserted at LB, intercepted a desperation Tenn pass to seal the victory = ND Frosh 21 Tenn Frosh 20
Ara made Potempa a full time LB in the Spring-w Gary leading the 1st team in tackles (11) in the Blue Gold game.
Potempa claimed that he had no idea that his HS teammate (Tim Rudnick) was coming to Notre Dame too- until Gary saw Tim on campus at the start of the school year....at least that's the story he told years later.