Quarterback David Wolke said he wanted to get an early look at what his college experience would be like on his recent visit to Notre Dame.
"I was up there for two weeks," Wolke said of his recent trip to Notre Dame. "We did a lot of running, conditioning and working out. I knew that the lifting would be more than I was used to. They worked us out really hard but it wasn't anything I didn't expect."
Wolke said besides working out, he also got to dive into the playbook and run some of the Irish offense in seven-on-seven workouts.
"It's a lot different than on paper," Wolke said of the Irish offense. "It really helped me actually running the offense and throwing. It gives you a different look. It's quite a bit different when you are out there instead of reading the playbook."
Wolke also realizes that his acclimation to college football will get a lot more complicated in the near future.
"I think it really helped me to go up there and work out," Wolke said. "I know it's going to get a lot tougher once camp starts. We were only working out in seven-on-seven situations. I'm sure it will get a lot more complicated when we are in camp. I do think it helped me a lot. I was able to see the speed of the game and how quick you need to make your reads. You have to think a lot more and a lot quicker"
Wolke did get to spend a lot of time with current Irish quarterback Brady Quinn. Quinn offered plenty of help and advice according to Wolke.
"I got to talk to him quite a bit," Wolke said of Quinn. "He helped me out a lot, giving me tips, helping me with my reads. We also talked quite a bit about what I need to expect when playing here--what it's like playing quarterback for Notre Dame and how to approach practice and learning. He really helped me a lot."
Wolke also realizes he's very close to being a Notre Dame quarterback--something he can't wait to happen. "I'll miss my family and friends but I really want to get started," he said. "It's different at Notre Dame, but I think I'll really like it. I'm just excited to get started."