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Lou Somogyi 9 months ago
Freshman nickel back Elijah Shumate has played his role well for a Notre Dame defense that has emerged as a power.
ya gotta play to get the experience. he will only get better, and that's good for us.....
so far so good for him, he should only get better from here on out.
All I can say is that we really have great depth and talent on this team. I thought the secondary was weak, and then when we lost Collinsworth and then Slaughter, I thought it could be a disaster.
They are greatly helped by the front 7, but the secondary has held up their end of the bargain pretty well, and that is a tribute to the talent of the players and good coaching.
The question is do you leave him at CB or move him back to S once Motta is gone..
I see Shumate having the role of Slaughter from 2013-15. At safety you can have a four-man nucleus with Farley, Shumate, Collinsworth and Baratti, with Jackson and Russell returning as your starting corners, with the hope of continued development of Josh Atkinson and Jalen Brown. In an emergency, I could see Shumate possibly shifting to corner.
Its very possible this may be his role for a long time to come. Peeking ahead, assuming we stay healthy, taking a starting role at CB might be tough for 2013. And when Collinsworth comes back, a starting safety role might also be hard. What we dont know about him(yet at least) if he can step into the big stick role at Safety. Can he also play downhill ala Motta, Smith, McCarthy, Zibby, Terrell and my personal favorites, Glenn Earl and Steve Lawrence. I think Colinsworth seemed suited for this.
Nothing wrong with Shumate and the ND defense seeing him in a frequent look at nickel in a 4-2-5 or 3-3-5
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