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This Guy Plays Notre Dame Football: #53 Khalid Kareem, Defensive End

One of the leaders of the Irish defense, Kareem returns for one more season.

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about them all. One Foot Down’s player profile series will take a look at every single one of them, and hopefully we all learn a little bit more about these guys, and Notre Dame’s chances for the upcoming 2019 season.

#53 Khalid Kareem, Defensive End

In short, it’s been a productive few years at Notre Dame for Kareem. He has played in every game each of the last two years with 62 total tackles, 16 for a loss, and 7.5 sacks. He also has seven pass breakups to his name, evidence of the use of his long arms.

Last season he really shined against Michigan with eight total tackles, 1.5 for loss, one sack and one QB hurry...We like anybody who takes it up a notch against the Wolverines.

Kareem was also a regular contributor in his sophomore season in 2017 when Notre Dame was the last team in FBS to give up more than 20 points in a game. He earned the game ball from the USC game that year after sacking the QB twice in that one.

Kareem played in four games as a freshman, but registered no stats. Prior to Notre Dame, however, Kareem grew up in Detroit where he attended Harrison High School and was ranked as high as the No. 9 strong side defensive end on 247Sports in the class of 2016. He had 56 tackles and 16 sacks as a senior in high school.

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Taylor Swift, Chicago, or Bon Jovi

Kareem is a Detroit native, so here’s a clip from a classic Chicago concert in Detroit.

Hey Dog, Hey!

This dog, specifically.

2019 Outlook

Based on his body of work, it’s hard to imagine Kareem not being the starter at defensive end next season. The Irish almost lost him to the NFL at the end of last season and some lucky pro team will scoop him up after this season. Until then though, look for Kareem to keep garnering national attention in his senior campaign.

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