They Said It

Notre Dame passes the midpoint of its training camp this week and with today's media day extravaganza on tap, we take a quick look at quotes of note -- those that didn't find their way into columns or notebooks -- from the past two weeks.

Not every quote fits into a pre-season feature, camp notebook, or opinion column. Instead of remaining on the cutting room floor, they've been included below:

Quarterback Gunner Kiel: The true freshman comments on his baptism to the college padded scrimmage and a vicious sack by unblocked walk-on linebacker, Connor Little.

"Yeah…I probably should have checked to a different line protection," he joked. "To be honest it feels good. I haven't been hit for awhile. Get right back up and move onto the next play. Whenever the quarterback is live the defense gets real excited. You just have to protect yourself, get used to the speed, and be aware of that."

Senior Slot receiver Robby Toma: Asked about the myriad reps in 7-on-7, 11-on-11, and full-scale scrimmage received by the team's three active quarterbacks this fall. "Our offense moves so fast that you wonder, 'Who threw that? I'll catch a pass and turn to say thanks to the QB and I don't even know which quarterback was in."

Senior LT Zack Martin: Regarding more access to head coach Brian Kelly since last off-season: "He eats with us, we had the A-Team meetings in the spring. For me at least, I like to be connected to the head coach. Its nice to see him and know his door is open at all times.

"We played golf at a Kelly Cares event the other day. We had a bet that if we won, we'd get a day off from practice. Me, Eifert, Braxston (Cave) and Mike Golic and Coach (Kelly's team in the scramble) tied after 18 holes and lost in a playoff. Coach Kelly hit about a 15-foot putt.

"He was pretty good. I mean, we're terrible, but…"

Ex-Notre Dame head coach Bob Davie: In an interview with ESPN's Matt Fortuna said of his last coaching gig: "I can still smell the grass at Notre Dame Stadium, what it felt like on Saturdays, and that never goes away. You always have that -- the simple things that are hard to explain."

Former Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis: Same interview: "I mean, OK, Notre Dame has a big, national fan base down there, but what does that mean? Fans are fans; alumni is alumni. It's still the same to work as hard as we can collectively both as a coaching staff and players to try to get this right as fast as we can. That's why I'm here. Now it's time to go to work."

5th-year senior S Jamoris Slaughter: Commenting on the hybrid slot position in Notre Dame's offense and one that's seen in various forms throughout college football: "Its that you have to account for someone else as a defense. Someone at a different spot in order to stop certain plays. Its more complex rather than playing a team like Michigan State when you know what they're going to do. You always have to be on your toes."

Slaughter on the freshmen in camp's first week: "(Wide receiver) Chris Brown has been looking really good in 7-on-7s. Really quick, fast. Deep ball threat. He's going to be a great player if he stays focused and works.

"C.J. (Prosise) is looking really good. Pretty fluid player and smart. He's bigger than me. Might be bigger than Zeke (Motta). He's a big guy. He's going to be a good player, he's the one that stood out."

Junior LB Prince Shembo: On an earlier-than-expected return from off-season toe surgery: "In the summer, I came in and didn't really do sprints with the other guys but I did my own sprints. I kind of cheated the system a little to come back a little bit quicker to do what I had to do. I showed them what I could do and it was pretty much like a month ahead of schedule.

"I don't like being on the sidelines at all, my parents are depending on me. I'm doing it for them."


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