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Oct. 9, 2017

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Page 20 of 55 OCT. 9, 2017 21 circuit" of putting him in a position to thrive, along with his teammates. "He's putting me in a great posi- tion right now to make plays, and putting me around the ball," Craw- ford said. "After that, I just always tell myself to play fast and play free." Earning the game ball at MSU was his validation that all previous toil was worthwhile, and the greatest gratifica- tion was the knowledge of helping his teammates and staff who supported him in the darker days. Kelly received a little extra acknowledgment. "I told him, 'Thank you for just be- lieving in me and even giving me this opportunity to still be on this team and play,'" Crawford said. "It's finally happening the way I want it to. Coach [Todd] Lyght gives me a hug and said, 'We got you through another one.' I thank God for every game." The Irish defense has given him its own thanksgiving in return. ✦ In his first five full games of action at Notre Dame, Crawford has accounted for five turnovers. PHOTO BY BILL PANZICA

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