Irish Breakdown has confirmed that Notre Dame is losing a key ingredient to its offensive line success in 2020, as graduate assistant Chris Watt has been hired to be the offensive line coach at Tulane.
Watt was a starter at Notre Dame from 2011-13 before being a third-round draft pick of the San Diego Chargers.
He spent the 2020 season as the graduate assistant, and his influence played a big role in the line making a big jump this season. Watt, a Harry Hiestand disciple, helped add physicality to the line, which often lacked that the previous two seasons. He and Jeff Quinn combined to guide the Irish to an outstanding 2020 season, and his departure will certainly sting.
Two-time Notre Dame captain and four-year starter Robert Hainsey lauded Watt’s coaching prowess in a recent interview with Irish Breakdown. (see video above)
Watt will be pairing up with former Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chip Long, who was hired this offseason as Tulane’s offensive coordinator.
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