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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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How Notre Dame Will Replace Jaylon Smith

Replacing Jaylon Smith

Earlier this week Jaylon Smith surprised few when he declared for the NFL Draft.  Had the 2015 Butkus Award winner not injured himself in the Fiesta Bowl, his declaration likely would have occurred much sooner.  While his departure is no surprise, the task of replacing him in the Notre Dame defense will be one of the most daunting tasks facing Brian Kelly and his staff this off-season. Since Smith isn’t the only linebacker Notre Dame has to replace in 2016 – Joe Schmidt has played his final snap for the Irish as well – it’s possible that replacing Smith won’t be ...

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Owning Indiana Shaped Notre Dame’s ’15 Recruiting Class

Future Notre Dame teammates Josh Barajas (left) and Asmar Bilal (right) pose together at the US Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.  (Photographer: John Albright/Icon Sportswire)

Historically, the state of Indiana has not been a hot bed of Division 1 talent which has always been a challenge for Notre Dame on the recruiting trail.  This year, however, the Hoosier State was the home of several highly touted recruits and Notre Dame’s dominance in it’s own backyard helped shaped the class that Notre Dame signed on Wednesday. Notre Dame added four players from the state of Indiana to its roster today – linebacker Josh Barajas , safety Mykelti Williams, linebacker Asmar Bilal, and defensive lineman Brandon Tiassum.  According to Rivals.com, those four players were all in the ...

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Meet Notre Dame’s 2015 Defensive Recruits

U.S. Army All-American Bowl West Team linebacker Josh Barajas (44) during a practice by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl East Team at St. Mary's Hall High School Stadium in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo: John Albright/Icon Sportswire)

Notre Dame set out to build depth with the class of 2015 and they did just that.  A class consisting of five defensive linemen, a truly elite trio of linebackers, and a defensive backfield featuring five recruits that could swell to six all helped Brian Kelly and his staff in putting together a class that filled out the depth chart while adding several potential big time playmakers for Brian VanGorder to continue to build the Notre Dame defense around. As Signing Day kicks off, Notre Dame is still looking to add another safety with Arrington Farrar and Nathan Meadors the only ...

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Josh Barajas Commits to Notre Dame!

(Photo: Matt Cashore)

Josh Barajas surprised many when he committed to Penn State after most felt he was a strong Notre Dame lean.  Barajas surprised many again on Friday when he flipped his commitment from Penn State to Notre Dame giving the Irish a 4-star linebacker for the class of 2015. Barajas, an Indiana native, is ranked as a 4-star prospect by 247 Sports’ composite rankings and is a consensus 4-star prospect across all of the major recruiting services ranking as highly as #113 overall by Scout. At 6’3”, 210 lbs heading into his senior season, Barajas has the height the Notre Dame ...

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