Blue and Gold Illustrated

May 2021 Issue

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24 MAY 2021 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED BY LOU SOMOGYI I t's not often a defense can gradu- ate four defensive ends into the NFL over a two-year period like Notre Dame will this spring. Last year it was third- and fifth- round selections Julian Okwara and Khalid Kareem, respectively. This year Ade Ogundeji and Daelin Hayes are projected to see their names called on the second and third day of the draft as well. Yet in 2021, the quality rotation and depth assembled along the de- fensive line by coach Mike Elston is expected to remain. Last year, 11 different Notre Dame defensive line- men played at least 141 snaps, led by Ogundeji's 483 at strong-side end and Hayes' 433 at vyper end. TWIN BILL Jayson and Justin Ademilola continue to be part of the rotation along a more flexible defensive line Jayson (left) and Justin (right) Ademilola will both be important members of Notre Dame's defensive line in 2021. PHOTOS COURTESY NOTRE DAME ATHLETICS

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