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This Guy Plays Notre Dame Football: #41 Kurt Hinish

This defensive lineman is looking to make more of a name for himself

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Kurt Hinish, on Twitter:

We’re giving you, all of our fine OFD readers, a run down (steer clear, Jim Halpert) of the players on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish roster. We want everyone to get to know the guys on the team a bit more. Next up is a sophomore defensive lineman.

#41 Kurt Hinish

Kurt is now approaching his second season on the team. Last season, he saw some limited game action as a true freshman. With a lot of returnees on the D-Line for this season, he might have some more playing time, but I could see his playing time limited as well. He could play to be an integral part of the substitutes on the D-Line, though.

3 Things to Know About Kurt Hinish

  1. Last season, Kurt recorded 8 total tackles in 6 games, including the Citrus Bowl.
  2. He was teammates and classmates with fellow 2017 recruit on the roster David Adams. Both attended Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, PA.
  3. In the most recent Irish Illustrated podcast, there was talk of Kurt being compared in a way to Chris Zorich. It’s a bold strategy Cotton and somewhat of a hot take. I’m not saying it is wrong, but we have to wait to see Kurt break out before I could make that true comparison.

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Country, Condiment, or Canon

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If David Adams, Kurt’s teammate from high school, is Norway, then Kurt is Sweden. They are adjacent countries with similar characteristics. They are both Scandanavian and both fly a bit under the radar. But just like Sweden’s national hockey and soccer teams, they can stick around for a while. If Kurt could be similar to Zorich, then he will have to be hard-nosed and let no one mess with him. That’s what we do with Sweden - they are there, mind their business, but could hurt you if provoked.

Citrus Bowl presented by Overton’s - LSU v Notre Dame Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

2018 Forecast

Kurt Hinish will be looking to play a capable backup DL role this year. He should see more playing time, but again it might not be all that much. With only 8 tackles last season, I see that number rising a bit. He might have to wait his turn with the number of players returning, but he could add well to the D-Line when needed. He might need just one more year to become a star on the D-Line, but if the cards are played right, he could start to break out by this season as well.