"If you look at it stat-wise, Brady is probably the best quarterback to ever play at Notre Dame," Zbikowski says. "I don't want to put any pressure on him, but that's what he's left." Quinn has plenty of reasons to run it up on the Black Knights in South Bend this weekend. He is in a tight race with Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith for the Heisman Trophy and sixth-ranked Notre Dame still has a chance at winning the national championship.
Army's secondary could serve as the most vulnerable Quinn has seen all season long. Cornerbacks John Laird, a walk-on, and Sean Grevious are first-year starters. Strong safety Caleb Campbell is out for the season with a knee injury.
It's wonderful," Quinn says. "To have a chance to throw to either of those guys, I've been fortunate. I think they are tremendous players. They are both blessed with so much talent that it's just nice to be able to have them on your side, not having to go up against them every week."
Army (3-7) maintains it won't lay down against Notre Dame. That's great to hear, however, the Black Knights face another obstacle: It's Senior Day at Notre Dame Saturday and Quinn and several other Fighting Irish will play their last home game.
"I think our biggest obstacle is handling the emotions of Senior Day," Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis says. "And that's no disrespect to Army, but it's an emotional day. You don't see these guys in the locker room after the game where you see ltears coming down after a game like last year after Syracuse. I mean, these guys are emotional after this game." Quinn will lead the senior charge for Notre Dame. Quinn has completed 230-of-357 passes (64.4 percent) for 2,786 yards with 29 touchdowns and four interceptions this season. He owns the nation's longest streak of consecutive passes without an interception in 223 games.
Quinn, a projected first round pick in April's NFL draft, has a 170.85 passing efficiency rating over his last seven games. Still, Quinn has taken a quick history lesson. He knows Army has lost to the Fighting Irish by a combined four points in the last two meetings (1995 and 1998).
Maybe he's just being nice, but this is what Quinn says about the Black Knights: "It's been a dogfight, and you know, we know that that's their attitude. That's what they are coming in here looking to do, coming in and making it a dogfight."