Good article from Eric Hansen on players who need big off-seasons

Author: Frankie V (6472 Posts - Original UHND Member)

Posted at 10:44 pm on Jan 10, 2017

I particularly liked the mention of Claypool potentially playing defense. I've been saying for a long time that I think Claypool could be a holy terror of a pass rusher.

The idea of Love as a starting safety if he bulks up is intriguing as well. Depth at safety is paper thin if/when Tranquil moves to the ROVER position.

Good stuff as usual from Hansen.


Link: http://www.ndinsider.com/football/analysis-eight-notre-dame-players-who-need-a-strong-winter/article_97a48faa-d788-11e6-a3dd-8757ea09a628.html

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I agree with Love to safety in order to get the best players on the field

Author: ND_in_DRO (882 Posts - Joined: Nov 1, 2016)

Posted at 2:27 pm on Jan 11, 2017

At CB we have Vaughn and Watkins and hopefully Crawford will be back (not to mention Troy Pride). That's 3-4 talented guys at CB. Conversely we really only have 1 legit safety in Studstill.

Also in Elko's defense the safeties are more intergangeable (not a FS and SS). Both guys need to be able to cover the deep middle...I don't think Tranquill can do that.


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I've been screaming that Claypool be a safety for a while now, but that Rover position makes sense

Author: Rocket91 (3352 Posts - Original UHND Member)

Posted at 9:57 am on Jan 11, 2017

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Think he can grow into a rush end

Author: Frankie V (6472 Posts - Original UHND Member)

Posted at 12:22 pm on Jan 11, 2017

He is still lanky and lean. Think he could bulk up into a rush end eventually.

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He's definitely a better fit in Elko's defense than BVG's

Author: ND_in_DRO (882 Posts - Joined: Nov 1, 2016)

Posted at 2:24 pm on Jan 11, 2017

The rover spot is probably perfect, but agree he could play stand up WDE. 2 positions not present in BVG's defense.

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Was anyone a better fit in the BVG defense?

Author: Frankie V (6472 Posts - Original UHND Member)

Posted at 9:45 pm on Jan 11, 2017

Still blows my mind that Kelly let him back in 2016 after not being able to field a competitive defense with all of the stars he had in 2015.

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Not only let him back, but didn't want to let him go as he was crashing and burning.

Author: TakethetrainKnute (11448 Posts - Original UHND Member)

Posted at 3:36 am on Jan 12, 2017

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Joe Schmidt

Author: Rocket91 (3352 Posts - Original UHND Member)

Posted at 1:04 am on Jan 12, 2017

Is there another defense or another coordinator that plays him over Morgan in 2015?