Irish Eyes Video: Jeff Samardzija

We caught up with Irish wide receiver Jeff Samardzija to talk about the upcoming game against Michigan.

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We've included a transcript of Samardzija's comments for those that can't view the video.

Jeff Samardzija Samardzija on if he realized his touchdown catch was his first of his career:

"It didn't really come through my mind. I just got in there and that's what I'm there to do. That's why I don't really approach it as a big deal that it was the first one. You get your chance, you make the touchdown and it's no different than another 19-yard reception. Obviously it puts six points on the board, and it was a big play, but I was just out there to do a job." On if it was a football skill or a centerfielder diving for a catch type of skill:

"Maybe that came into play, I'm not sure. It's one of those things that's a reaction at the time. I was just trying to make a big play."

On if it's instinctive or if he thinks about catching the ball while it's in the air:

"It's instinctive. I think over the years of playing competitive sports you just kind of understand that you've just got to go out there and make a play. If you think about it, you're usually going to screw it up, so I just try to go out there and just spur of the moment."

On what it's like playing in an offense when you know they're going to spread the football around:

"It's exciting, especially when you know you have confidence in everyone on the team and your coach, and your coach has confidence in his players. Everyone knows they're going to go out there and play hard for each other. People are going to make plays and sell out for their teammates."

On how important it is to have 42 points of evidence to believe in the new system:

"It's nice. We had a great summer camp. It's especially nice to get out there, I think coach said a couple of times, ‘these kids need to go out there and have some fun.' It's true. We were so excited to get out there and get on the field. It was nice to get out there and play someone else. Pittsburgh's done with and we're looking ahead. It's week two and we're just trying to go on and get ready for next week."

On if there's a feeling that this coaching staff knows what they're talking about:

"There's a trust in everyone. I think with the confidence and trust with the whole team and the coaches. Right now we're just trying to build that trust and confidence again. It kind of starts all over again with Tuesday."

On playing Michigan:

"I think everyone is excited. I think it's a little different on this team. Everyone understands that no matter who we play, this team is going to be excited to play anyone. This week it happens to be a rival game. We know they're going to play tough. Michigan's got a great team and a lot of great players, especially on the defense."

On if it's a better feeling going into the Big House coming off a win:

"You know, yes and no. Like I said, we're just trying to put the first week behind us and just realize that this is week two and anything in the past doesn't matter right now. What we do on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are going to be the big part of this week."

On playing the last time at Michigan:

"I did play. It's the Big House. You've got to understand that there's going to be a lot of people there. There's going to be a lot of noise and you've got to be on your game. You've got to play your best when you go in there."

On his thoughts with Weis actually telling the team at half time they were this good and to believe in themselves after scoring 35 points in the first half of the Pitt game:

"I think a lot of the guys on this team, including myself, have had that mentality for awhile. I think, no matter what, that's what you have to think going into any week. Going into this week I think we understand that we've got some good players and we can play football like anyone else." Top Stories