The next player up for the player profile series is #14 Devin Studstill. He is entering his sophomore season as a safety for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team. Devin is 6’0 and 198 lbs. He played his high school football in for Palm Beach Gardens which is in Riviera Beach, Florida.
This past season saw Devin Studstill start some games as a true freshman at free safety. He ultimately played in all 12 games for the Irish and was big part of the defensive rotation. The first few games Studstill struggled as Brian VanGorder was still the defensive coordinator. Once VanGorder was let go of his duties, Studstill began to play more free. He finished the season with 38 total tackles and 1 interception. During the spring season, Studstill made the transition over to strong safety so he could play closer to the line of scrimmage. It will be interesting to see where the safeties lineup in Mike Elko’s new defense.
Three Things To Know About Devin Studstill:
- He enrolled early in January of 2016 to get a head start playing college football
- His dad was a 6th round NFL draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys
- He was high school teammates with linebacker Te’von Coney
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(Here is the high school film of Devin Studstill. It gives you a better look at him potentially playing closer to the line of scrimmage than a year ago.)
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Devin “Dolla Bill” Studstill
Forecast For 2017
Devin Studstill took a big step by playing as a true freshman in 2016. This experience needs to translate over into the 2017 season. Nobody really knows what the safety depth chart will look like because of the arrival of Mike Elko who will also double as the safeties coach. The rover position that Elko is famed for will likely go to Drue Tranquill and this will leave both safety spots up for grabs. As all Notre Dame fans know, safety is a weak position when it comes to depth. The is talent there but not many bodies. The likes of Jalen Elliot, Nick Coleman, and Isaiah Robertson will be the main competition for Studstill when it comes to reserving a starting spot. Regardless if he starts or not, Devin Studstill will play an important role as a safety with game experience.