Darius Walker TranscriptWalker on if he sees improvement along the offensive line this season:
"I definitely see improvement along the offensive line. Their ability has seemed to grow so much, especially from last year. I think a lot of it has to do with the chemistry that we have as an offense. I kind of know what kind of holes the offensive line is going to make, and they kind of know my running style and what I'm looking for. You can tell that the offensive line has grown a lot by their protection. The sacks are down from what they were last year, and the running game is there, so we can kind of see statistically that they've been doing a lot better."
On how much it helps when he knows what the offensive line is going to do in terms of how they block:
"It's very important. I think it makes things a lot easier when you know what someone else is going to do and what they're going to do on a certain play. It kind of makes my job a lot easier when I know they're going to scoot to this linebacker, more so than kind of getting out there and just feeling my way around. It makes things a lot easier if you have that chemistry."
With ND's advantage in size, could this be the type of game that we might see the running game more than in previous week?
"Navy is a very good team, but at the same time I think they're a little smaller than the past teams that we've played. For us, that means a thing where we want to be very physical with them. We always want to play very physical, but I think with this particular game, we can try to out-tough them. That will have a lot of to do with the running game."
On if he feels wide receiver Jeff Samardzija is about due for a haircut:
"I think his hair kind of makes him him. It kind of symbolizes Jeff—Samardzjia, ‘the Shark,' as people call him. I think his hair is kind of his individuality."
On Walker watching Zbikowski scoring all these touchdowns on defense:
"It's very interesting. It makes our job a lot easier when we don't have to worry about getting out there and scoring touchdowns when we have someone one defense and special teams scoring them for us. I don't mind sitting on the bench and just watching sometimes."
On if he gets to the point where he feels Zbikowski should share some of these touchdowns:
"You kind of get to the point where you're like, ‘OK Zibby, it was cool at first," but now it's like, ‘let me get in there.'"
On if he has a favorite Zbikowski story:
"He's such a hard-nosed guy. I think every time we come into the locker room he wants to fight somebody. You kind of have to have your head on a swivel because you never know when it's going to be your turn to step up and Zibby wants to throw down with you. You've got to watch out with him, him being a boxer, I think he has an edge over everyone when it comes to throwing blows. If he comes to me I'll probably try and pick up something."
On if he has any pre-game rituals:
"Not really. I just kind of stay in my own zone when it comes to pre-game. Maybe listen to a little music or just kind of chill out a little bit. You never want to exert too much energy before the game. I try to conserve energy before the game."
On when he starts to think about the bowl opportunities this team might have:
"This is kind of the halfway point of the second half of the season. This will be the third game, and we only have a few games left. It's kind of getting close to the end. Physically it kind of takes a toll on your body. We've been banging a lot and have had some pretty rough games here. We just want to try to stay focused and just take it one game at a time. I think that makes the season so much easier in the long term if you take it one game at a time because you're not necessarily looking to the two or three games we have coming up. If you get one every week, sooner or later you'll finish it up."
On if he looks at the BCS and see where they have Notre Dame projected to play in a bowl:
"No, you can't right now because everybody has a few more games left, and things change every week, so you never know what can happen in a given week. You can't really look at the BCS right now."