Notre Dame football: What we know coming out of 2021 fall camp
The defense will be stout on all three levels
Turning our attention to the defense, there is talent on all three levels, as well as an elite defensive coordinator in first-year man, Marcus Freeman. While there are question marks on offense, there are not too many on defense, and if the Irish can lessen the void left by Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah going to the NFL, they could be one of the more complete units in the country.
The truth is, this defense has veteran talent on all three levels, and safety Kyle Hamilton is one of the best defensive players in the country. The linebacker group is deep, and Isaiah Foskey is an edge rusher who I believe could inch towards double-digits in sacks, now that he has emerged as a focal point of this defense.
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If the defense does what they are supposed to, and Coan protects the football, there is no reason why this Irish team will not be in every game this season. They play a bunch of preseason top-25 teams, that is true, but they also play all of them at home, giving them a slight advantage in what should be a packed Notre Dame Stadium every time the Irish take the field.