Notre Dame Coach Raves About Surprising Position Group

first_img “Owusu was recruited to play Rover,” Lea said. “He’s the first true Rover that we’ve had. He really embodies what that position is meant to be. His length, his athleticism, his ability to cover…even more than [former linebacker Drue] Tranquill.“Tranquill was a Buck linebacker playing Rover. Asmar was a Mike linebacker playing Rover. Wu is a Rover. He’s 217 pounds now and I’m really excited about him. He had a really nice spring.”Notre Dame has developed some solid NFL linebackers recently. Along with Tranquill, who now plays for the Chargers, the team has developed Manti Te’o and Jaylon Smith.Great years by the linebackers have tended to follow great years by the team overall.If this group is all Lea has it cracked up to be, perhaps another trip to the College Football Playoff may be in the cards. A general view of Notre Dame's football stadium.SOUTH BEND, IN – AUGUST 31: A general view of Notre Dame Stadium as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the Temple Owls on August 31, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Temple 28-6. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Notre Dame is coming off a 12-0 regular season and a trip to the College Football Playoff. But after a quick exit at the hands of Clemson, the Irish will be looking to finish the job next year. One Notre Dame coach identified a position that could help lead them there.Per Irish Illustrated, Notre Dame defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Clark Lea spoke glowingly about his linebacker corps. He noted that despite their lack of experience, it’s one of the best-looking groups he’s coached.“It’s as talented, athletic, long a group as I’ve coached…  When you think about the squad in 2017 and the movement and the speed and the range compared to now, I think it’s night and day. I think we’ve really come a long way.”This year’s group of linebackers is projected to consist of Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Asmar Bilal, Jack Lamb, Jordan Genmark Heath, and Shayne Simon. The latter four were all four-star prospects coming out of high school.But Lea had his best reviews for Owusu-Koramoah, who referred to him as “the first real Rover that we’ve had.”last_img

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