Notre Dame Coach Marcus Freeman moved very quickly to close the opening he had on the defensive line, and he caused a stir by signing the former Ohio State assistant Al Washington to fill the role. Washington will also be the defensive running game coordinator, which is the former DL coach’s role. Mike Elston also held.
Washington has spent the past three seasons coaching linebackers at Ohio State after one season in that role for Michigan. Before that, he coached Cincinnati’s defensive line under defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman. It’s clear that Freeman has seen firsthand what kind of defensive line coach Washington is, and that’s also the position he coached at Boston College.
Washington graduated from Boston College and was a defensive lineman for the Eagles. He coached the defensive line, special teams and running backs during his tenure.
In just two drafts with the Buckeyes, Washington has had three of its linebackers drafted in the second or third round. He also coached defensive wings Harold Landry and Zach Allen while at Boston College, and this duo was also selected in the first three rounds, with Landry in the second and Allen in the third round.
Washington inherits a very talented group of defensive linemen, and he will also be responsible for keeping 2023 stars Keon Keeley and Brenan Vernon in class, as well as ensuring that the Irish 2022 defensive line plays at a elite level. According to my coaching sources, Washington is also a powerful recruiter with deep ties to the Midwest.
Ohio State went 31-4 in Washington’s three seasons at Columbus, and Michigan went 10-3 in its only season at Ann Arbor.
Content of the Irish breakdown
Notre Dame List 2021
Schedule Notre-Dame 2021
Ranking of signatories 2022 – Attack
Ranking of signatories 2022 – Defense
Notre Dame 2023 Class Big Board
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