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This Guy Plays Notre Dame Football: #24 Nick Coleman

Rolling along in the player profile series, it bring us to Nick Coleman

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Nick Coleman is entering his junior season for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He is 6’0” and 187 lbs. He has played cornerback his first two seasons but is looking to switch to free safety for the 2017 season. He is from Dayton, Ohio and went to Archbishop Alter High School.

In 2015, Nick Coleman played in all 13 games as a true freshman. This was on special teams for the majority. He registered a handful of tackles that year and played a few times at cornerback during mop-up duty. In 2016, Nick Coleman entered the year as one of the starting cornerbacks. He struggled out of the gate. It started in game one against Texas. They targeted him the whole game. He ended up losing his starting spot after a few bad starts and eventually fell out of the defensive rotation completely. A move to safety was decided on after the season. Coach Brian Kelly and Nick Coleman mutually agreed it was the best choice for Nick and the football team.

Three Things To Know About Nick Coleman:

  1. His father, Trey, played football for Notre Dame during the 1983 season.
  2. He also played running back his senior year in high school, running for over 1,000 yards and scoring 13 touchdowns.
  3. He took official visits to Duke and Michigan State before committing to the Irish.

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2017 Season Outlook...

The facts are that 2017 needs to be a bounce-back season for the junior defensive back. He struggled with picking up the defense and staying in the correct position last year. The move to free safety should help Coleman out. It is known that he has good ball skills. He can sit back and attack the football from the free safety spot. All the reports out of spring ball were that Nick Coleman was playing great as a new safety. Of course, we heard the same things in August about how well Nick Coleman was playing cornerback.

Everyone by now knows the situation with Notre Dame’s safety play. They never found consistent success during Brian VanGorder’s tenure as the defensive coordinator. Mike Elko comes in as the new DC and also coaches the safeties. Everyone who plays safety will get a chance in the new defense. I wouldn’t put it past Nick Coleman to snag a starting safety spot if he is able to pick up the new defense. The ball skills are said to be there and 2017 could be the season where it clicks for Nick Coleman.