An already potent Notre Dame defense could be even stingier next season and a major reason is thanks to a transfer addition.
Former Navy safety Alohi Gilman is going to be a welcome addition to the Fighting Irish. ESPN has Gilman as one of the transfers that will “shake up college football in 2018”.
ESPN writer Adam Rittenberg believes Gilman is in line to become a starter and will fill one of the few holes on a stout Notre Dame defense.
“Safety is by far the biggest question mark on what should be one of the nation’s better defenses following a resurgent 2017 season,” Rittenberg said. “Gilman, who was denied immediately eligibility last summer, started 12 games for Navy in 2016 and finished second on the team with 76 tackles, to go with five pass breakups. He’s in line to start for the Irish in the fall.”
Notre Dame allowed 21.5 points last season, which was 31st in the nation. With Gilman now in the secondary, hopefully that figure drops even lower.
Notre Dame opens the season on Sept. 1 vs. visiting Michigan.