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This Guy Plays Notre Dame Football: #11 Alohi Gilman

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Alohi Gilman is eligible and ready to play in 2018.

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It almost seems as if Alohi Gilman has been on the Notre Dame football team for years. He is actually entering his second year in the program, and third in college. Many Irish fans knows that Gilman played his freshman year at Navy before transferring to Notre Dame for his sophomore year where he sat out due to transfer rules. Alohi Gilman will enter 2018 as a potential starting safety while not having played in a game in over a year. He is the true definition of a mystery man.

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Gilman started 12 games as a freshman at Navy. He has experience playing against quality college football players. He even played against Notre Dame in the much forgettable game in 2016. The Notre Dame coaches seem to love the way Gilman plays. He is known as a hard hitter and enforcer of the defense. The only problem is that we haven’t seen any of this in a Notre Dame uniform...yet.

3 Things To Know About Alohi Gilman

  1. His career high in tackles actually came against, you guessed it, Notre Dame on November 5, 2016. Does anyone know who won that game?
  2. Gilman played high school football in Hawaii, where he is from, and played for three different schools during that time. He is not new to the transfer game.
  3. Alohi Gilman comes from an athletic family. His dad played football for Southern Utah and his sister played rugby at Utah Valley.

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This guy Alohi Gilman is the mystery man. There is a lot of talk about how good of a football player he is. The problem is that we have no proof of this during his time at Notre Dame. What does this have to do with Egypt, you may ask?


2018 Outlook

We all know by now that safety is Notre Dame’s weakest position. They spent 2017 trying to mask below average play in the back end of the secondary. It is the most important position battle coming up in August for this football team. If Alohi Gilman can be the player he was at Navy, he will be one of the two starting safeties come week 1 against Michigan. We are in wait and see mode with this one.

Let’s hope his talent transfers to the 2018 Notre Dame defense. It would be a major improvement from a year ago and leave the Irish in a favorable position.