Notre Dame junior cornerback is an accomplished collegiate track athlete in his spare time. The speed that’s made him an asset in the Notre Dame track and field program was on full display in off-season workouts. Notre Dame post a video of Pride running an electronically timed 4.3 40 yard dash on its Facebook page earlier this week.
Here’s Pride torching the turf on his way to a 4.3 time (some more thoughts on Pride after the video).
Speed Kills. 4.38 40 for Troy Pride 😤#GoIrish ☘
Posted by Notre Dame Football on Tuesday, May 22, 2018
After taking over for Nick Watkins in the starting lineup at the end of 2017, Pride continued his ascent with a strong spring that pretty much cemented his spot in the starting lineup and resulted in Watkins’ eventual graduate transfer.
From day one Pride displayed the speed everyone knew he had, but by the end of last year he was starting to use that speed to be a very effective corner for the Irish. He recorded his first career interception against in a close win over Navy and started the final four games of the year including the Citrus Bowl.
Pride, Julian Love, and Shaun Crawford will give Notre Dame one of its best starting combinations (assuming the Irish are in the nickel) at corner in a long, long time this fall. Behind the trio Notre Dame also boasts perhaps the most talent and potential they’ve had at corner in more than 20 years too with incoming freshmen Tariq Bracy, DJ Brown, Noah Boykin, and Joe Wilkins and early enrollee Houston Griffith (though it appears that safety is his future).