Irish Eyes Video: Derek Landri

Defensive lineman Derek Landri had an impressive game against Pitt last weekend and the Irish will need him to have another impressive game this Saturday in Ann Arbor. Landri spoke with the media on Wednesday to talk about the game on Saturday.

Derek Landri talks about Michigan in this Irish Eyes Video

We've also added a transcript of Landri's comments for those that cannot view the video.

Derek Landri Transcription

Derek Landri on getting back on the field this past Saturday:

"It was the first game. You always get the jitters out and get going again. It's a long time since you played. It's good to get out and hit somebody else and play in that sense."

On his quickness and how much he was in the backfield against Pitt last Saturday:

"The defense, that's kind of our motto. We move a lot and that's kind of the thing we like to do—be quick and get off of blocks and make tackles."

On the Michigan offensive line:

"They're just like the three years I've played in the past—big, strong, physical offensive line. It's going to be a challenge."

On the talent Michigan has being difficult to stop:

"They're a very athletic team all around. Any time you play a Michigan team, they're ranked No. 3 in the country, it's going to be a rough go."

On playing the No. 3 ranked team in the Big House and how difficult it will be to beat them at their house:

"It's the next game, next week. It's no secret they're a great team and it's going to be a challenge, especially anytime you have a team ranked No. 3 in the country."

On what he thinks of Michigan running back Mike Hart:

"He's quick, shifty guy. That goes for most everybody on their team. They're all athletic, real big, and they come to play."

Minter mentioned stopping the run as a big priority. Landri was asked if it's more important this week or every week:

"That's the kind of look you take every week. Michigan is no exception. They're big and physical and they to run the ball."

On how Weis mentioned that Hart never fumbles and what extra challenge that presents the Irish defense:

"He's a great back. Anytime you play a great back you look to hit him hard and play physical with their entire team. I think that's what we've got to take into it."

On what this Notre Dame-Michigan rivalry means to him:

"It's a big game. It's our next game so it's our biggest game is the way we look at it. Their ranked No. 3 so it's even more incentive to play."

On Michigan recruiting him out of high school and being high on his list before choosing ND:

"As a kid coming out of high school, they're one of the schools that's always one of the best in the country every year, so yeah, I looked at them." Top Stories