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Notre Dame 99-to-0: No. 40 Joshua Burnham, early-enrolled freshman linebacker-turned-end

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Measurements listed: 6’4″, 214 lbs.
2022-23 Eligibility: Burnham, an early freshman, had all four seasons of eligibility remaining.
Depth Chart: Hired as a linebacker, the buzzword to describe Burnham as a promising player was “versatile”, suggesting he could then switch positions after college, and indeed Burnham moved to Viper this spring, where he will have plenty of time. to take on a new role. Older Isaiah Fosky and fifth year Justin Ademilola will receive most of the snaps on Vyper with seniors Your owner chip next.
Recruiting: Michigan Gatorade Player of the Year and an acclaimed four-star prospect, Burnham preferred Notre Dame to his home state power while Wisconsin chased him in vain. 4th inside linebacker and 127th overall in his class, according to committed on his birthday, also known as St. Patrick’s Day, which is pretty clear on his choice before he made it public.

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Burnham spoke to the media, as did most of the Irish enlisted in the first week of February, and throughout that conversation, Burnham repeatedly mentioned Notre Dame’s imminent hiring of a defensive coordinator and linebacker coach, reinforcing the notion that his move to the defensive line not planned for a long time.

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“I’m just trying to put on weight, keep my pace, see who they bring in as linebacker and DC coach,” Burnham said. “We will find a suitable option.”

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This weight gain was also a common theme, reinforcing the idea that the move to the defensive line was not entirely foreign to Burnham.

Mostly, however, he expressed a desire to find what fits and stick with it after playing both sides of the ball in high school.

“There’s a lot of talent on the field, so if you can give it your all on just one side, that’s great,” Burnham said.

It can take a little time to see the number 40 T-shirt and not think about it. Drew White.

“Burnham’s speed is enough to beat a back-to-edge runner because at that point his foot speed is combined with his game diagnosis. It is not necessarily fast enough to keep up with the receiver in the coverage area. Therefore, his future will remain between tackles.

Realizing that Burnham is new to his current position and buried in the depth chart, he will have the reflex to see him as a depth running back solution as he starred in offense in high school. Burnham rushed for 1,515 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2021 while throwing for 963 yards and another 14 touchdowns.

It was as a quarterback against a tough opponent.

It was not a running back mainstay for a top-level defense.

Burnham is unlikely to switch to running back as a patch this season, even if some depth needs to be found.

Rather, his 76 tackles with 12.5 losses and two interceptions last season bodes well for his future. But this is his future, not this season.

Burnham will have plenty of time to hit his desired weight while Fosky and Ademilola will play the lead role. Some time must be spent on the work of special commands. If anything, this could be a natural progression for a two-sided high school star.

Both Fosky and Ademilola should head to the NFL after this season, leaving Vyper’s depth chart uncertain at best. Ekwon has four career tackles; early enrolled freshman Aiden Gobaira has one advantage over Burnham, more time in defense, but this advantage will decrease in the upcoming season.

Burnham has an important role to play, but a starting role? It still might be, most likely Jordan BotelhoWith.

The junior has spent a lot of spring training with Rover, but it feels like trying to bring a dynamic playmaker to the field, regardless of position, rather than a full repositioning. Rover and Vyper have a lot in common, actually balancing the inverse relationship between pass speed and pass coverage.

With Foschi and Ademilola resigning from the lead roles in Notre Dame’s final hybrid concert, Botelho’s full-time return would make a lot of sense.

This will keep Burnham out of the starting XI until at least 2024, but he has a lot to learn defensively in that time.

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