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Impact player

Notre Dame safety Jamoris Slaughter hits like a freight train.

The senior produced two crushing blows in Saturday's 16-14 win over Boston College, and those were just the latest of intimidating tackles he has produced this season.

But how does a 6-foot, 198-pound defensive back hit like a linebacker, defensive coordinator Bob Diaco explains:

"No. 1, He has intent," Diaco said. "He's tracking the ball with the intent to punish the ball carrier. That's part of it. He arrives with the proper frame of mind. He's got an initial quickness, short space quickness, that allows for a whole nother layer and level of explosion that creates speed.

"I don't know how to explain it, maybe if you think about punting. You don't necessarily need just a gigantic punter, who's a big, strapping guy. If the punter has leg speed and quick twitch power through the ground. If he can generate quick, fast, explosive power through the ground and generate a lot of leg speed, you can have a very physical, dominating, explosive punter. Well in that same rational, Jamoris brings that strike to the contact.

"He's got snap. He's got initial quickness on contact. And he's got willingness and want to hit."

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