Player reaction: Collinsworth, Luke, Golson

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Following Notre Dame's loss to Louisville, Austin Collinsworth, Cole Luke and Everett Golson spoke with the media.

Austin Collinsworth

Cole Luke

Everett Golson

- On what he's feeling after the loss:

Golson: It definitely hurts. I think it hurts more so for the seniors, my classmates, guys who don't have another year. That's how they kind of leave. That's their lasting impression at Notre Dame Stadium. He (Kelly) just said obviously he loved us. He's proud of the way our guys fought. I think that was the consensus message from him and Coach Kelly is that we did a good job controlling our attitude and our ethics.

- On what went right on the first two possessions in the third quarter, and then what followed:

Golson: "I think we definitely got back to running the ball a little bit more. I think that opened up a couple things for us. We had a couple run pass options where they were going five in the box and we were running the ball and getting some good yardage. I think that's what went well for us."

- On Will Fuller's performance:

Golson: "I said it before. Will is a dog. I mean, in crunch situations, in crunch time he's going to ball out. I think he did a great job for us today."

- On his tipped touchdown catch:

Golson: "That's kind of one of those things where I was thinking I get Corey Robinson, my 6'5" guy a shot. The guy tipped it, and you see Will come out of nowhere and take it."

- On what he can say to the younger guys to maintain their spirits:

Golson: :I mean, I can say some cliché things, but I think everybody just has to keep their head up. We've got a lot of young guys that have a lot of potential. Going back to your question, just a test of what Ken was saying in his message, we have a lot of potential. It's kind of one of those things where it's kind of heartbreaking for us to lose, but you can't stay down because we do have so much talent. We've got to still play with confidence. We've got to still play aggressive. I think if we do that, like I said, the talent is there, so I think that will kind of show itself."

- On any positives he can take away:

Golson: The attitude. I think I guess one of the first times I saw just the energy on the sideline, Breezy getting hyped. He made some tremendous catches today too. So I think he did a great job. Just seeing kind of all the young guys around me and how bad they want it, I think that inspires me."

- On the bad hold on the missed field goal:

Golson: "Yeah, I talked to him vaguely about it. I think he took accountability for it. I think like I said, that's one of the messages you want to really try to get from him as a quarterback, you have to take responsibility for it. So I think he's done that. You know, he still progresses, so he's going to be good. I wasn't in his mind, but it's a big pressure moment. Like I said, he's still progressing. He's still getting there, but I think the most important thing for him is for me to just keep a positive mental state."


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