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Notre Dame Football

Terry Joseph Notebook

August 16, 2018

Notre Dame safeties coach Terry Joseph recapped his first eight months at Notre Dame and what he’s seen from his position group. 

On life at Notre Dame:
“Mike (Elston) and Todd (Lyght) have welcomed me with open arms. It’s a room with high football knowledge, but they are also great guys. When you get a new group or one person new in the group, you always worry about being on the same page. Everyone has to check their egos at the door, and one thing I can say about our staff is that there are no egos. Everyone is all in for the kids and players. 

“We can and want to accomplish the mission by having that attitude.” 

On Nick Coleman:
“He’s been productive. If we had a combine, he would probably test one of the highest of all the DBs. He can run, he’s strong and has some explosive power. 

“The biggest thing I’ve seen from spring practice to training camp is he’s processing it quicker. He’s reacting quicker. He’s getting himself in the right spot quicker. He’s in position to make some plays.

“He left spring practice probably not having the best spring practice, but he accepted the challenge of not giving up on this thing. He really stepped it up, and you can see the work he put in.” 

On Alohi Gilman:
“He’s a guy that has played a ton of football at another institution, so he doesn’t get rattled a lot. He gives you the best of both worlds. He’s a physical player and is a good tackler. He’s also can be adequate in coverage as well. You mix that in with the ability to blitz and he’s a guy that almost brings the total package to safety.” 

On Houston Griffith:
“Houston got here in January, and the biggest thing is he has corner experience, so he helps you covering. You can see his body has changed from January to June. He looks like a Power 5 safety.” 

On Derrik Allen:
“Derrik is longer than anyone else in the room. He gives us more range. He’s also played some corner. Once he gets stronger and used to the physicality and speed of it, he’s going to be a great asset.” 

On Paul Moala:
“Paul has come in with a workmanlike attitude. He has the physical ability. He is a strong tightly packed guy.” 

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