Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman moved very quickly to fill the opening he had at defensive line, and he made a big splash, hiring former Ohio State assistant Al Washington to fill the role. Washington will also be the run game coordinator on defense, which is the role former DL coach Mike Elston also held.

Washington spent the last three seasons coaching linebackers at Ohio State after one season coaching that position for Michigan. Prior to that he coached the Cincinnati defensive line under then defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman. Clearly Freeman saw first hand what kind of defensive line coach Washington is, and it’s also the position he coached at Boston College.

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