Blue and Gold Illustrated

Sept. 11, 2021

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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Page 16 of 55 SEPT. 11, 2021 17 BY TODD D. BURLAGE N otre Dame head coach Brian Kelly wasted no time last Janu- ary explaining to his newly hired defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman that easing into the new job wasn't an option. Four days prior to Freeman's intro- duction at Notre Dame, Irish senior Houston Griffith — the top-rated player in the 2018 recruiting class — had en- tered his name into the NCAA's transfer portal and Kelly summoned Freeman to re-recruit and bring back his talented yet still undefined defensive back. And with Georgia and Oklahoma hot on the Griffith hunt, there was no time to waste. Working through multiple position changes over three years with not much to show for it left Griffith disenchanted and ready for a fresh start and new sur- roundings. Freeman immediately went to work Welcome Back Houston Griffith returned to Notre Dame after spending 18 days in January considering a transfer While spending last season mainly on special teams and in dime packages as a sixth defensive back on obvious passing situations, Griffith recorded a mod- est 14 tackles in 12 games, including two starts. His career totals include 36 games, 33 tackles, one tackle for loss and three passes broken up. PHOTO BY CHAD WEAVER

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