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Notre Dame Practice Report: Defense - March 21

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Notre Dame had its fifth practice of the spring this morning (March 21) inside the Loftus Center.

Earlier we published the report for the offense. Part two of the practice report focuses on the defense.

A quick note, junior linebacker Drew White is out for the spring with a non-football related shoulder injury that will require surgery. Also out for today's practice was senior cornerback Donte Vaughn, sophomore nose tackle Ja'Mion Franklin, freshman rover Jack Kiser, freshman defensive tackle Hunter Spears and fifth-year senior cornerback Shaun Crawford.


I didn’t spend much time watching the starting ends or fellow senior Daelin Hayes, instead focusing on other positions. But that didn’t stop all three from flashing at points where it was impossible not to notice them. Julian Okwara’s burst off the edge was good today, as it usually is, and Hayes was physical at the point of attack when I saw him.

Senior end Khalid Kareem had one of the best rushes of the day in a matchup against Robert Hainsey. Kareem was coming around the edge and Hainsey had a good angle on him, so Kareem sunk his hips incredibly low, dipped his pads under Hainsey’s hands and got around the corner. It looked like a speed skater going around the corner, he got that low, but once he got around the edge he was back up and on his way to the quarterback. Really impressive rep.

Sophomore drop end Ovie Oghoufo caught my eye during today’s practice. He is still a bit on the undersized side of things, but his length is noticeable and his range in coverage is really impressive. Right away he brings value in coverage at the drop spot based on what he did as a prep player, and you saw that during today’s practice.

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