In the latest edition of the Irish Illustrated podcast, Tim Prister helped to shed some light on the cornerback situation for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Prister recently interviewed both Chip Long and Clark Lea — as well as Todd Lyght. You can listen to the Irish Illustrated podcast HERE.
Basically, we already saw this in the Blue-Gold game. Philip Gough, myself, and Greg Flammang (UHND) spoke to a bunch of this already, but I suppose now that Prister got the word from the horse’s mouth — we can take more than just a grain of salt.
Here’s a simple rundown of what to expect:
- Troy Pride Jr. is going to play a lot of boundary corner.
- Pride won’t be relegated to just the boundary, and the idea is to put the best corner on the team in the spot where he will be needed most.
- This elevates the TaRiq Bracy as a primary candidate for the field, as well as Shaun Crawford who seemingly wants more duties than the nickel.
- Overall, the plan sounds like they want to use more players this year — so that certainly includes Houston Griffith and Donte Vaughn over on the boundary.
- In essence, this means that the boundary corners are Pride, Griffith, Vaughn, and freshman K.J. Wallace.
- The field corners are Bracy, Crawford, Avery Davis, walk-on Temitope Agoro, and freshman Isaiah Rutherford.
I’m still uncertain as to how this breaks down for the nickel exactly, but Crawford is still the #1 option, with Griffith #2, and a surprise with Wallace at #3. I (and others) have speculated that Jalen Elliott could slide down to the nickel if needed, and then Kyle Hamilton would take Elliott’s spot at safety.
It all seems a little confusing and a lot different than what we have seen over the last couple of years — but this is what the Irish have to work with. They want more players involved, and they want to be able to match up their best DB’s against the opposing team’s best WR a little better than strictly using the pre-spring boundary/field model.
Once fall camp starts moving along, this picture should become even clearer.