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SOUTH BEND – Notre Dame lists Ishaq Williams as an outside linebacker, but the senior said Friday he is definitely a defensive end.

The change stems from the early indications that defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder wants to use a 4-3 scheme more than the 3-4 scheme that former Irish defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, who left to become the head coach at Connecticut, utilized.

"It's a new position, a new system, I'm just trying to get used to it," Williams said after the team's fourth spring practice. "It's just a new system. It is whole different thinking process from the 3-4, just trying to get used to the difference right now. It's a 4-3 now, it's more reacting, full go."

Williams said he feels the defense is playing slower right now as VanGorder installs his system, but that the unit will be able to move faster by the time the season starts.

"I'm definitely in those beginning stages of the system, trying to learn what I have to do and try to commit it to our routine," Williams said. "You still got to go full effort and full speed."