Travis Thomas transcriptOn how he fell into the fumblitis funk.
"It's hard to tell. I don't know how I fell into it. And at this point it really doesn't matter. I'm just looking forward to the future."
On what areas he's felt he's improved the most since last year.
"Definitely ball handling. I think foot quickness and strength. I've gained a few pounds, which is something I wanted to do, and I feel like I've maintained my speed."
On playing for coach Haywood.
"He's an intense guy on the field. When he's not (coaching) football, he's a guy you can talk to and be relaxed around. I like his personality."
On if Haywood has shared any stories about his time at ND.
"He always has stories every day, whether it's dealing with football or school in general. He humors us a lot."
On how many different fundamental drills they have done so far.
"We do so many drills, and the thing is, they're trying to create a sense of urgency and make you do things right the first time. Everything is clocked, everything is run at a fast pace so you can do it right the first time."
On how many drills have they done in just the first week.
"In the first week I think we've done 20 plus drills, just on fundamentals, footwork, just little things."
On how the goals of this week change from the previous week.
"The goals of this week are to just pick up the pace, be more mentally tough and not let fatigue have an impact on the way you execute."
On what he envisions his role being when the Pitt game roles around.
"I envision role as being an impact player on special teams, and also getting into the mix on offense."
On how fall camp has gone for him so far.
"I think it's gone well. I feel comfortable. The plays are coming to me. The technique is there. It's just a matter of working at it and trying to get better day after day."
On if he's seeing more daylight this season when running the football.
"Definitely seen a few bigger holes this year. Hopefully that continues as well."
On what this offense allows a running back to do.
"It allows you to be diverse and it allows you to work towards your strength. Coach is only going to put you into a position to succeed, whether you're better at blocking, running or catching the ball, he's going to put you out there where you can make things happen. It allows you to be more creative."
On the running back depth.
"I think we've got a lot of guys who can do a lot of things and we're healthy right now. Hopefully that it will stay that way throughout the season."
On what Haywood has told the running backs on how many backs he plans to use in a game.
"He hasn't mentioned anything like that. I don't know what they're looking for on how many (running)backs to take (to a game). Right now I'm just making sure I'm on a bus to Pittsburgh."
On how much of the offense is in right now.
"I'd probably say 75 percent, (we're) just refining things and getting crisp."