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Notre Dame defense looks to be more aggressive

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame safety Austin Collinsworth says spring practice has felt like three straight weeks of final exams.

Defensive players say they are struggling as they learn a new system, new terminology and, for some, new positions. But one thing they understand is new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder wants them to be more aggressive.

Cornerback KeiVarae Russell says the Irish are switching from a bend-but-don’t break mentality to an attacking mindset. VanGorder believes the defense needs to take control by being aggressive.

The Irish have used a 4-3 defense in nearly all practices the media have been allowed to attend, and VanGorder says Notre Dame will continue to switch between the 3-4 and 4-3 defenses as it has in recent years. VanGorder says he’s still trying to evaluate what works best.


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