Jeff Burris joins our team as a Senior Defensive Analyst.
’93 ND All-American
First round draft pick
10 yrs in NFL pic.twitter.com/RTOxsez4mW
— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) June 3, 2016
Head Football Coach Brian Kelly continues tweaking his staff. On June 3, the Irish announced the addition of All-American and 1993’s MVP, Jeff Burris. Jeff joins the Irish from the Miami Dolphins. As a player, Jeff did it all: he returned punts, intercepted passes, and carried the ball at the goal-line. He was a first-round pick by the Buffalo Bills, back when they were great, and played ten years in the League.
Reports have him going to the Irish as a defensive-analyst.
Jeff’s coaching career has been successful and he’s now helping a crop of alumni run the Irish. After coaching high school defense in Fishers, Indiana, Jeff went on to the UFL and then to UMass in 2012, where he coached cornerbacks under Charlie Molnar. He’s been the assistant d-backs coach for the Dolphins since 2013.
Big picture-wise, this is a great hire for Notre Dame. He should mesh well with both BvG and Todd Lyght, another alum, and his professional experience will aid him in translating the DC’s scheme for his charges. As an African-American, his hiring has important ancillary effect as well.
Personally, I’m very excited. Having graduated in 1994, I was fortunate to get to know Jeff and he was a charming man off the field. As a member of the storied 1993 squad, Jeff can talk the talk with today’s players about success at the highest levels of the game. He can also talk about the results of playing to potential, as no one expected that team to do what it did.