SOUTH BEND, Ind. — This is a big week for the VanGorder family.
Brian VanGorder's defense, in preparing for Notre Dame's season opener against Rice, can finally hit the quarterback in practice. And that quarterback will be VanGorder's son, Montgomery, a freshman on the Irish who will help run the scout team.
"We're going to have a blast," the elder VanGorder said. "It's a real blessing to have him here and be a part of this— in this profession, you're away from your kids so much that to have your son here is as good as it gets."
Montgomery VanGorder initially came to Notre Dame as a preferred walk-on but earned a scholarship over the summer, according to 247 Sports. He's one of five VanGorder children and the second one to play for his father's team — Mack VanGorder played safety at Auburn during his father's one-year stint as defensive coordinator there.
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Coming out of high school, Montgomery VanGorder had offers from FCS sides in Eastern Kentucky and Murray State, according to Rivals.com. He perhaps could've competed for playing time at that level, but chose to join his father at Notre Dame, which has Everett Golson, Malik Zaire and DeShone Kizer cemented as its top three quarterbacks.
That doesn't mean VanGorder hasn't had a few good moments in practice, though — even if one was assisted by his dad.
"I found out what (the offense) was running, so I called the defense and, you know, he came out with the ball for about a 10-yard run," Brian VanGorder said. "He thought he was great on it, but I kind of winked at him and let him know it was a little coordinator gift.