Riddick feels the difference

After his second spring under Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, Theo Riddick knows things are moving forward. We spoke with Riddick following the Blue Gold Game.

Saturday found Notre Dame junior wide receiver Theo Riddick continues his work in the Irish offense. Called upon by head coach Brian Kelly to expand his role, the New Jersey native knows he has earned the trust of the Irish coaches.

"I guess all the moving around shows the coaches are just more confident in my abilities on the field."

As for his goal during the spring, Riddick feels he achieved what he was looking for.

"To be honest, I just tried to focus on catching everything thrown to me. I already knew the playbook, so I just wanted to accomplish one thing this spring and that was it. I feel I did very well at it."

Despite the wet conditions, Riddick knows the spring is for continued improvement of all those on the team.

"We love the spring game and we are going to compete. At the same time, with all the progression going on, especially with the veterans, we are opening up opportunities for the young guys. Believe it or not, the only time I love being on the sidelines is seeing those guys out there playing and getting better."

When asked about his quarterback on the day Everett Golson, Riddick did not hide his excitement about the early enrollee.

"Everett, as you can see played well today. All of our quarterbacks played well and are pushing each other."

When asked about the changes the Irish coaches make, Theo only has to look back at what Brian Kelly brings to the table.

"Coach (Kelly) knows what he is doing and we all know he has the formula to win as his record shows it. So if I am moving to four or five different positions, that means he trust me that much."

How does Theo feel the spring game went?

"We were out there with a whole lot of confidence knowing our stuff and being in tune, very in tuned. I feel we looked good as everyone was stepping up to be honest with you.

"Everyone is making more consistent plays and stepping up, the show started tonight."

How different was things this spring as compared to last year?

"Things were so much more relaxing as last year we were out there panicking before the play not knowing what play would come out at any given time and trying to remember so many things. This year, it was still fast tempo don't get me wrong. But as an individual, mentally you are calmer and more composed as you knew what you were looking for and knew your keys along with knowing everyone knew their assignments."

On the day, Riddick pulled down three balls for 26 yards for the Blue squad.

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