Toryan Smith was very pleased with what he saw last Saturday from the Irish defense.
"I thought the game went great," Smith said of Saturday's scrimmage. "I think the defensive showed a lot of improvement over last year. That's a good offense and they played them tough.
"They didn't seem to let up at all. They played physical all game. I think the future looks real bright for the team and the defense."
Smith was also excited about the fan support shown at the game.
"I arrived Saturday morning and I hung out all day with all the players," he said. "We signed a ton of autographs. Morrice (Richardson), Konrad (Reuland) and a bunch of us all kind of hung out together.
"We had a blast hanging out together. You could tell everyone was excited. That was the first time I met most of those guys. I really liked hanging out with all those guys."
It's been all business for Smith since signing day, and the 6-foot-0, 230-pound linebacker says he's trying to get his body ready for fall camp.
"I don't do any track," he said. "I'm just focusing all my time on getting ready. I do the lifting and the running they gave me. I'm just trying to get my body ready to go so I can get on the field."
The Irish coaching staff is also hoping Smith is ready for action this season.
"I talked with coach Minter and coach Weis and they both told me to be ready," he said. "They said I'd have a chance to get on the field and it's up to me. They told me to come in ready and that they needed me to step up and that's what I'm going to do."
While Smith is excited about his future at Notre Dame, he's not quite ready to leave home just yet.
"I'm definitely getting excited to head up that way," he said. "I'm just going to enjoy the last few months I have here of school, with my friends and family and then it's all business."