September 11, 2006

Ndukwe trims up, shapes up at safety

A wide receiver thinks about trimming down so he can have that great quickness and extra step on a defensive back. A wide receiver who converts to safety thinks about bulking up so he can take on those tight ends and offensive linemen when they come charging at him.

Notre Dame's Chinedum Ndukwe, the former wide receiver who moved to safety during the Tyrone Willingham regime, was a robust 225 pounds in 2005. He turned in a solid year, especially considering it was his first at the position. But he and the rest of the Irish secondary were clearly lacking in play-making ability, especially in the Fiesta Bowl against fleet-footed Ohio State.

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