Coaches are excited about early enrollee Houston Griffith, who was recently moved from cornerback to safety.Derrik Allen and Paul Moala will have an opportunity to compete once they arrive on campus this summer.Yes, he wants to know which guys can be in the rotation, but Joseph prefers continued competition. At the end of the day, the two best guys are gonna run out there. I really see this deal going on until the middle of training camp and I think that keeps the guys involved every day.” Notre Dame’s defense returns 10 starters and should only keep improving after last season with protégé Clark Lea taking over for Elko.Kelly’s goal for the safeties is to take ownership of the football when it’s loose, and affect the game.
“Sometimes when guys overthink, they start playing slow,” he said.
And I think that’s more about repetition.” Joseph, who spent last season as the defensive backs coach at North Carolina, inherits a young group of safeties that is desperate for a playmaker. It starts with veterans Jalen Elliott and Nick Coleman, who combined for 87 tackles in 2017.
Alohi Gilman sat out last year after transferring from the Naval Academy, but Kelly said he likely would have started had he been eligible.
“Even the kids who played last year are playing better at the position.
Now you add some competition with Alohi, Jordan Genmark-Heath.