Lots of players have talked about “buying in” and putting the team first. Notre Dame sophomore Jordan Genmark Heath appears to mean it.
Genmark Heath came into spring as a candidate to start at safety, but during the spring practice schedule, the coaching staff moved him to linebacker. The sophomore is so on board with the position change, he spends his free time watching any linebacker video he can find.
Even if it’s on YouTube.
“I played it back in Sweden for like two plays,” Genmark Heath said of his linebacker experience according to Matt Freeman of The Irish Sports Daily. “It’s completely different. I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube videos to figure out how to do stuff. We’ll have to see how it goes.
“Jaylon Smith is awesome. Manti (Te’o) is awesome. Reuben Foster. I have Drue (Tranquill) and Te’von (Coney) right in front of me. They’re always there for me.”
In addition to studying video, Genmark Heath told The Irish Sports Daily that he meets daily with senior linebackers Drue Tranquill and Te’Von Coney to go over the nuances of the position.
If Genmark Heath can put himself into the linebacker rotation, he would add some much needed depth to the middle of the Notre Dame defense. Finding linebacker depth was one of the Irish’s biggest needs this spring.