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Julian Love Pleased With Pro Day Performance

March 22, 2019
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Julian Love wanted to run a faster 40 than his 4.54 at the NFL Combine at Notre Dame’s Pro Day on Wednesday and accomplished just that. 

The 5-foot-10, 193-pounder ran a 4.45 and Love was more than pleased following his workout. 

“When you’re at the bottom like my 40 time was at the Combine, there is only one way to go and that’s up,” Love said. 

Love will give a ton of credit for his growth to Notre Dame cornerbacks coach Todd Lyght, who has coached him since his freshman season. Lyght was in the building on Wednesday and Love admitted he felt his presence. 

“He’s been the best,” explained Love. “He’s been great since day one. I appreciate him being here to watch me. I can feel what he’s thinking before he has to say anything. It’s a special bond.” 

In addition to Lyght, a few former players were in The Gug to watch Pro Day along with several members of the current team. The support was much appreciated by Love and the other Pro Day participants as it’s a high-pressure situation. 

“It was good to see Josh Adams and Jaylon Smith along with my teammates,” stated Love. “We’ve been doing so much on this field – conditioning and working out. You almost die on this field. To be out here working, it felt like home.” 

When it comes to the NFL Draft, Love would love nothing more than to be drafted in the first round, but he also is grateful to have the chance to play in the NFL.

“It’d be great,” Love said of being a first round choice. “My family would be happy and I’d be very excited. First round, second round, you’re getting drafted to play football. That’s pretty exciting. People get caught up in the draft picks, order and money. 

“You take a step back, teams are investing in you to play football. That’s a dream.” 

Love impressed many teams at the NFL Combine last month on the field, but teams also gave him great feedback in the meeting room.

“Production, versatility and football IQ,” Love said of what the scouts love. “I feel like I’m strong getting on the film and working on stuff. That benefited me in a lot of meetings. Leaving meetings at the Combine, I felt really good about a lot of it.” 

While teams love his game, Love also boasts a clean resumé off the field and hasn’t suffered any significant injuries, which is also appealing.

“I have a very clean sheet,” said Love. “I don’t have any injuries or off the field issues. I’m dependable and played since I’ve been here. I played in 38 games. I come in and work. I can learn and I’m well-rounded.” 

 
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