Freshmen Transcript

Today was freshman media day and Irish Eyes was well represented. The following are quotes from offensive players.

Freshman Receiver Michael Floyd Coming in as a freshman, did you expect the transition to be hard?

"Coming in, I didn't think it was going to be as hard as I thought it would be, but it's pretty hard."

Hard in terms of the effort, competition?

"What the coaches expect of you. Doing the drills, back-and-back, and back-and-forth, stuff like that. They demand a lot of everybody."

You have been a frequent topic in the media briefings with Coach Weis and the other coaches. Do you feel you are going to be a contributor early in the season?

"I really don't know. Coach Weis and Coach Ianello do the depth chart so it's not up to me. I'm just trying to do the best I can and go with whatever their decision is."

What has been the biggest adjustment so far for you?

"I think getting to know the position is kind of new to me and getting the plays down and formations right and mental errors and stuff."

What is behind the decision to shave your head?

"It was just something that I did. I just wanted to trim it down because of the heat."

Do you think some of your teammates took that as an example?

"Yes, some of them had long hair. I think it's just a cool look to have for training camp."

How did you prepare for summer workouts?

"I tried to push myself, and before I got here, going to workouts and stuff like that at school and with my trainer back at home. I mean it really helped me when I got here because I'm not the strongest and the most physical guy right now. And the workouts were good for my body and helped me right now."

How has David Grimes helped you?

"Going through film and stuff like that, you can see a lot of the mistakes and stuff that I need to critique on. Just having a leader in the room like David Grimes is a big help. Coach I (Ianello) who I have a good relationship with, so far, he has helped me through those kinds of things too."

Freshman Offensive Lineman Trevor Robinson Did you let your hair grow like this because of the movie Samson?

"No, actually, originally it was watching A.J. Hawk and Bobby Carpenter play at Ohio State a few years back."

Do you plan to get it cut?

"If it ever takes away from anything I'm trying to do with football, I would get it cut; so far, so good."

Have you ever had it pulled?

"No, not yet, but actually a lot of people think that. I'm sure in a different position, it might come into play, but I don't have any problems with it."

You are too big for these other guys to hold you down and cut it, right?

"Nah, most of the guys are cool about it."

What's it like for you having been here early and what kind of questions do the guys ask you about that?

"Most of the time, it's about the classes. Once you go through a few workouts and get the gist of what's going on, whereas, every class is kind of different. And with the first year studies, they're going to be taking a lot of the classes that we have already taken, so they ask about the professors and the workload for each class. So I think we've been able to help them out quite a bit."

You have made progress and have even run some with the first team. What's that been like?

"It's been good and obviously I'm going to do the best I can with the reps that they give me regardless of what team it's with. I feel like I have performed pretty well. Right now we all are trying to get on the bus and help the team."

Freshman Quarterback Dayne Crist What was it like coming in for summer workouts?

"It was obviously a very exciting time. We came up here for summer school and kind of got acclimated to that. It is a very exciting time now with everyone coming in on campus. You see new faces and new people, so it's a very exciting time."

You were here for visits and talked with Coach Weis and saw him in action. What was that like?

"Very business-oriented and that was the most appealing thing about Coach Weis. He's no-nonsense and tells it like it is. His honesty and sincerity was a definite factor. He has a very challenging mood about him and he's going to try and bring the best out of you. I think you need that as a quarterback and that was most appealing to me."

What is your relationship like with the other quarterbacks?

"We have a great relationship. We're always hanging out. They kind of joke that quarterbacks are always on their own thing, and we really are and we really get along great. There's a great chemistry there and we are always trying to push each other and make each other better and get the most out of each other."

What's it like digesting the playbook?

"It can be a little challenging. It's an NFL system so you're not going to learn it in a day. And it was definitely frustrating at first and I won't lie to you, but I'm doing my best to learn it and I think I'm doing a much better job now and things are definitely starting to slow down and I have a better knowledge of the offense."

Whose idea was it for the short haircuts?

"That was actually the offensive skill guys and other freshmen as a unity thing. Coming in as freshmen and getting a clean start, it was half joking and a good time. It'll grow back."

Who was the barber?

"Armando Allen, James Aldridge, and Eric Maust."

This was voluntary?

"Yeah, yeah, we joked about it. And when it grows back, it will be a good team bonding thing."

Freshman Lineman Mike Golic Has your Dad given you any special advice since he's been through the ringer here?

"He just said take everything one day at a time and basically work as hard as you can and let the chips fall where they may and hopefully good things will happen."

You opted not to get your hair cut. What was the whole thing behind that?

That was more as an offensive skill player thing. If you look around at the linemen, we still have our locks flowing right now. We're a little better looking than the skill crew collectively. So we don't have to draw that kind of attention to ourselves."

So you're glad you're not a skill player?

"Definitely, it's taken awhile to get it at this length right now so I'm glad I wasn't a part of that."

They say it's cooler. Is there something to be said for that?

"You know, as linemen, we're tough guys. We don't have to worry about stuff like that. We can get through that."

What has been the toughest part of your adjustment; learning the playbook?

"Definitely. Obviously, the mental aspect of this as much as the physical changes from high school to college, we can all adjust to that after a while. But it is really learning the little nuances of the offense has proved to be the hardest part so far and just trying to keep all that straight."

There are a couple other guys here whose dads played for Notre Dame. Do you guys talk to each other about being legacy players?

"We mentioned it a little bit. We're just trying to make a name for ourselves and do everything we can to be the best players we can be."

Did you know either one of them before you came here?

"No, I did not know either one of them."

How were your summer classes?

"They went well. We were only taking two classes so that gave us a lot of time to focus on those two classes and get everything right. Summer classes went very well for me."

What classes did you take this summer?

"I took an ecology class and Calculus I."

Did you come back to a lot of games because of your Dad?

"Yes, I would say I came to at least one home game every year since the fifth or sixth grade. So I've been out here a good deal of time."

Any one particular game memorable for you?

"I think it was Brady Quinn's sophomore or junior year and it was the first time we had beat Michigan at home for awhile and I think the score was 28 to 25. I remember I was here with my whole family for that game and a couple of friends from back home. It was really an exciting game and that's when I started to build the idea that I wanted to be a part of something like this; something special."

Freshman Quarterback Nate Montana Do you get a lot of help from your Dad?

"He helps me as much as I need him. Whenever I call and ask him for something, he'll be there for me and help guide me in whatever way I need help - with fundamentals and things like that. He also gives me tips that will help me pick up the offense better."

The best thing so far about putting on the gold helmet?

"I don't know, I guess it's the adrenaline rush you get when you walk into the stadium. There's nothing like it."

Is it as good as you expected?

"It's definitely as good as I expected it to be. In fact, it's probably better than I thought it was going to be. Honestly, I didn't know exactly what to expect coming in, but now that I'm here, I'm glad I'm here."

Do people recognize you as you walk around campus?

"I've kind of had to deal with that my whole life. I'm not too recognizable. I'm hoping I can stay real low-key."

What are the positives and negatives of being Joe Montana's son?

"The positives are you're going to get noticed; you're going to get some attention. And it can also be a negative too. Everything goes both ways because if you get that much attention, people are going to be watching you and looking for something to get you into trouble for. Then that will get blamed on my Dad too. It's something you always have to be conscious of."

Coach Weis said you have progressed to the point where he could put you in a game. How do you feel about that?

"I'm still a little stunned at that but I'm still trying to play catch-up from my high school years and stuff like that. So I'm happy that he has that confidence in me; I'm just trying to get on the bus."

What were your expectations coming in?

"I don't know. Honestly, coming in I thought I was going to be so far behind. My plan is just to get better, work on my fundamentals, and get more consistent and stuff like that. So I'm happy right now. I'm happier than I thought I was going to be."

Who gives you the most advice on how to be a better quarterback, Jimmy, Charlie, or Joe?

"They all do a pretty good job helping us to get better and move along and adjust to the whole system. My Dad is just more general stuff. Coach Weis is like picky about getting down the little stuff in the plays. Jimmy has helped us understand the plays and stuff like that. They all do a pretty good job of helping us." Top Stories