Irish Eyes Video: Tom Zbikowski

Safety Tom Zbikowski talks about the cold and Syracuse in this video clip.

Irish safety Tommy Zbikowski talks about Saturday's game in this Irish Eyes Video

Tom Zbikwoski Transcript

Zbikowski on playing in cold weather:

"It brings a lot of emotion when you're coming out of the tunnel, at least for me. When I see snow on the field, you kind of get that sense that it's a playoff or it's late in the season. It's very emotional."

On how important it is to him to send the seniors out with a win:

"It's very important. A lot of them have been very influential in my life and in my football career. They've been through a lot of ups and down. We owe it to them big time to send them out the right way."

On how he defines the right way:

"A big win, a very big win. A lot of seniors that don't get a lot of publicity or playing time that are scout team guys, they deserve to play."

On how he knew he and coach Weis would see eye-to-eye:

"Really his personality, he's straightforward. It's what I'm accustomed to growing up. Just straightforward and telling you what needs to get done."

On how he could convince us that Syracuse's offense is dangerous:

"They've got a lot of talent. Two quarterbacks, one of them very athletic. He's fast on the field. (The) receivers are good. The running back, he's about to break Art Monk's record, great NFL player. They've got a lot of talent, so we can't take them lightly."

With Syracuse being a one-win team, do they focus on more personnel as to what can be dangerous about Syracuse?

"Looking at some of their plays, there were some big plays that were a step away from getting a win. Their defense is very strong, so if their offense puts up points, it's going to be tough game."

On what it was like playing in the cold on Tuesday:

"I was ready to go. I've been waiting for this weather for a long time. This is what I grew up to, playing in the backyard with friends and a foot of snow. Getting your face pounded into snow. This is what I've been waiting for. It's fun. This is when you know it's the last stretch. Emotions are high. It's crunch time."

On if everyone was as excited as he was to get out in the cold:

"Some of the people weren't as excited as me. There was still a lot that were excited. It's just something you've got to get used to."

On if he thinks defenders enjoy the cold more than offensive guys:

"It's tough. It's tough to say who's got it worse. When your pads freeze up and you try to hit somebody, your whole body goes numb and it's not the best feeling in the world. For skill guys and receivers trying to make catches when their hands are frozen, that's another thing that's not too fortunate. But when it comes down to it, when it's game time, we're going to make our plays."

On how quickly he's come along at safety in the last two years and people evening mentioning his name as a potential All-American candidate:

"I've just been really focused on the season. I'll let that take care of itself. What I'm about is trying to get better every week and trying to help my team win. If I get those accolades after the season, I'll be happy, but there's still a lot of football to be played." Top Stories