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Irish Insights


Another new voice for the offensive line

Notre Dame offensive linemen are no strangers to having a different coach.

Harry Hiestand is the Irish's fourth offensive line coach in the last five years.

Hiestand succeeds Ed Warinner (2010-11), Frank Verducci (2009) and John Latina (2005-09).

Right guard Mike Golic Jr., who is a fifth-year senior, said the Irish linemen have been able to adapt to each new voice, and the transition to Hiestand has gone well.

"It is a new perspective, which is nice," said Golic, who has played for all four coaches. "In the O-line room, we are accustomed to new perspectives every year. That is part of the process. That is college football. You have to be able to change and adapt. We have a new coach, who has his philosophy, and we have all bought into that whole heartedly. "Now we are just working to perfect the things he is asking us."

Left guard Chris Watt, who is a senior, is on his third offensive line coach at Notre Dame. He said the hardest part of adjusting to each coach is at the beginning.

"You have to try to understand what the coach wants from us, whether it is how intense we need to be and gauging his expectations for us," Watt said. "It was great having (Hiestand) in the spring, and doing some of those spring drills with him, so we knew what to expect coming into fall camp.

"We definitely picked up the intensity in fall camp. In spring ball, it was trying to get us into the rhythm of things, but in the fall, he picked it up on us. It has been great. We've had a great fall camp."