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8 Notre Dame Defenders to Watch in Mike Elko’s Defense

Notre Dame LB Asmar Bilal (Photo: © Matt Cashore // USA TODAY Sports)

Mike Elko is still settling in as the new defensive coordinator at Notre Dame, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about players who will benefit the most from Elko’s defense.  Former defensive coordinator Brian Vangorder’s complex defense stopped working after about five games in 2014 leaving Notre Dame fans longing for a simple defense that produced results.  Elko’s defenses at Wake Forest did just that. Like Vangorder, Elko’s defense features a four man front, but where the two differ is in what Elko ran in 2016 at Wake Forest at the next level.  Elko’s utilized a 4-2-5 in ...

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Notre Dame’s Freshmen Defensive Backs Will Play in ’16

Donte Vaughn - Notre Dame CB

When Notre Dame signed seven defensive backs in February it was expected that some of them would be needed to play right away for the Irish this fall.  Brian Kelly confirmed that the frosh members of the Irish secondary will indeed be called upon early in their careers. When asked which freshmen would play early on Friday, Kelly didn’t take long to single out his defensive backs. “I think your eyes have to look towards the corners and the safeties,” Kelly said.   “In particular, that group, we have got some players there, that are going to play this year ...

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5 Hidden Gems in the ’16 Notre Dame Recruiting Class

Troy Pride Jr - Notre Dame Commitment

The tenor of the 2016 Notre Dame recruiting class will likely be determined by the decisions of three players–Demetris Robertson, Ben Davis and Caleb Kelly. They are a star studded trio–five stars to be exact–and because Notre Dame has 22 solid commitments heading into National Signing Day, all the attention will be given to those three announcements. And, really, there is merit to the excitement and intrigue regarding those players, as all three are immensely talented and would be great additions to the class of 2016. They would also represent the only five stars inked in this year’s recruiting cycle ...

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