Notre Dame Football vs. Purdue: 3 Studs and 3 Duds from Week 3
3rd Stud: JD Bertrand
No one knew JD Bertrand all that well coming into this season for Notre Dame football. He was buried behind several other big-name linebackers and wasn’t expected to need to produce all that much on the defensive side of the ball.
Well, injuries have come for Notre Dame and their linebacking corps early in this season, meaning Bertrand had to go out and play significant minutes early in this season.
Against Purdue, Bertrand was a beast, grabbing 12 tackles. He helped to stuff the rush for Purdue all game long, was a sure tackler, and even played well in coverage against the high-flying Boilermakers passing attack. Bertrand had 11 tackles in each of the first two Notre Dame games, so make sure to look out for him going forward as he becomes a force in the middle of the field.
3rd Dud: Jack Coan
After playing phenomenally against Florida State, Jack Coan’s play has slid the past couple of weeks. Now, part of that is definitely due to the offensive line in front of him, but part of it also comes down to the limitations that we already knew about Coan coming into the season.
He’s just not that mobile, and he does have occasional accuracy issues. He’s also very clutch, and will occasionally make you forget about all of his other faults.
Still, it’s hard to overlook those faults from his game against Purdue. The accuracy was simply not good enough, possibly due to his dislocated finger, possibly due to what Purdue was doing on defense. Either way, a 50% completion percentage just isn’t good enough long-term.