Notre Dame safety Alohi Gilman played like a man possessed throughout Notre Dame’s win over USC this past weekend but in the first half especially. He put on a tackling clinic and forced a key fumble of Amon Ra St. Brown at the end of the first half. It turns out that Gilman carried that emotion over to the locker room where he gave an impassioned half-time speech letting his teammate know he wasn’t leaving LA without another win.
Here is is courtesy of Twitter
Alohi Gilman halftime speech pic.twitter.com/7EMDFFMlAt
— Jac Collinsworth (@JacCollinsworth) November 27, 2018
Gilman has not been known to be overly vocal in his first season as a regular in the Notre Dame starting lineup, but based on his play on the field and his actions in the locker room, we could be looking at a future captain.
The last two weeks Gilman has almost been a one man wrecking crew for the Notre Dame defense. He had two interceptions versus Syracuse in Notre Dame’s 36-3 win in the Bronx and delivered 10 tackles and a huge forced fumble against the Trojans. That is the kind of ball hawking play Notre Dame has been missing from the safety position for years.
Drue Tranquill has been the unquestioned leader of the Notre Dame defense on and off the field this year. Gilman still has two years of eligibility left after transferring from Navy last year though he will be a senior next fall. Tranquill could end up passing the baton to Gilman after this magical ride that has been the 2018 season eventually comes to and end.