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, once again, 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 2021 season.
#32 Prince Kollie, LB
Next up for the Fighting Irish is the 6’1, 210lb Linebacker out of Jonesborough, Tennessee. The Fighting Irish were a great fit academically and athletically for Kollie, as they were able to beat out all of the heavy hitters including Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, and so on. Kollie had a dominant senior season on both sides of the ball finishing with 111 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, five picks, and 17 PBUs. He was equally as dominant on offense, rushing for nearly 2,000 yards and 30+ Touchdowns.....(yes you read that right). Kollie’s dominant season culminated with him winning the coveted Butkus Award, given to the top linebacker in all of HS football. 2 decent former Irish players have won this......Jaylon Smith and Manti.....so he is breathing rare air here. Kollie did not enroll early with the Irish, but will look to make his presence felt early in camp through a rare combination of physicality and athleticism.
The Restaurant That Fits
Prince’s Hot Chicken
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Kollie faces some stiff competition in Jack Kiser and Paul Moala (health pending) at Rover, but will absolutely find a home on all special teams units. I would also not be surprised to see him carve out a rotational or situational role at Rover as the season progresses. He is simply too good to keep off of the field and based on his personality, should transition easily to the rigors of Notre Dame academic schedule (often a limiting factor for freshman playing). Kollie is someone who will benefit from a year under Matt Balis, and watching his development will be something special over the next 4 (possibly 3) years.