Notre Dame Football: 3 Questions For Nick Coleman


We have three questions about every player on the Notre Dame football roster this spring.

There will be about 65 guys on scholarship for spring football this year. We are going to take a look at each one (alphabetically for dewey decimal fans), and ask a few questions. What those questions will be, are probably more important than the answers actually given before September- if any are given at all.

SO. Nick Coleman came to Notre Dame as a cornerback prospect that could possibly become a safety. That would usually imply a redshirt for the freshman year, but that wasn’t the case for Coleman. Nick Coleman saw action in all 13 games for Notre Dame, mostly as a special teams player.. CB. Notre Dame Fighting Irish. NICK COLEMAN

1. Is there an interesting note here about Nick Coleman?

Some may recall that when Nick Coleman committed to Notre Dame while he was at Bishop Alter High School in Kettering Ohio, it was noted that his father once played for the Irish. Trey Coleman committed to Notre Dame and played for the Irish in 1983, but then transferred after that year. Nick Coleman has only followed in his father’s footsteps for so long, as he is ready to begin his second year with the Irish.

2. How’s that cornerback depth chart look?

There is an opportunity here at cornerback- at least for one spot. Cole Luke most likely has one spot locked down, but the void left by KeiVarae Russell looks to be a competitive race between Shawn Crawford, Nick Watkins, Devin Butler, and Nick Coleman. It is likely that Watkins has the edge right now with Crawford a strong possibility- as well as any time as a nickel back.

3. What about a move to safety?

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While the safety numbers, thanks to recruiting, have improved significantly in terms of what they may be in the fall, I would still look to either Devin Butler or Nick Coleman making a move to safety this spring. While my money is on Butler, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw Coleman line up with the safeties. Either way, it’s the challenge of putting the best athletes on the field no matter the spot.