Quotes of the Week

Each week IrishEyes offers a collection of the best sound bites from the Notre Dame players and coaches and comments from the opposing coaches and players. This week features the best quotes of the week from Notre Dame and Stanford. This piece also includes Christian McCollum's game prediction.


On watching R.J. Blanton celebrate in practice:

"I like when somebody makes a play and they enjoy doing it. That's 15 yards in the game. If you didn't do it then -- if they can't do it in practice, you have to let them have some fun. The guy just made a big play. Practice doesn't have to be all drudgery."

On what's different now:

"It's been a while since we've had some fun around here."

On the Irish not getting overconfident:

"Every game is a new game. That's why when we go to play against Stanford, you don't have to say, ‘Well, they are going to feel pretty good about beating Purdue and not show up for Stanford.' We already know that we are not good enough to do that. We could lose to anybody on the schedule if we just show up."

On whether anything changes with former player Konrad Reuland's on Stanford's sidelines:

"No. No. It doesn't change anything we do. Now if you'd told me that this is an 8-year veteran NFL quarterback that is going over there, that's a whole different ball of wax now. But I think in this case right here, he'll talk about some of our personnel and he'll talk about some of what we do, but in reality a lot's changed since he left."

On where he thought the Irish could be after four games:

"In my mind, if you're asking me did I think we could be 4-0 at this time? The answer is yes. OK, we're not, but that's where I thought we could be. "

On the similarities between Michael Floyd and Golden Tate:

"I tell you one thing, they both in their own way, when the ball is up for grabs, more often than not, they're going to be the one coming down with it.."

On the closing of Shea Stadium:

"I'm a Yankee fan, no disrespect to Met fans but that was very enjoyable, OK, because I had to listen to all of my Met fan friends tell me how the Yanks were not going to make the playoffs and the Mets were, but on that day the Mets got knocked out of the playoffs, unfortunately."



On what bringing pressure does to an offense:

"The quarterback has two options: he can hold onto the ball and get his wig knocked off or he can dump it off to the first available guy."

On whether Ethan Johnson is demanding attention:

"I don't know if he's demanding it because he's a little kid right now, but he's doing a decent job of what we are asking him to do."

On what he wants his defense to do against Stanford's RB duo:

"I want to see when the first one is out there, they stop him. And then when the next guy comes out, I want to see them do the same thing to that guy. "

On building up the opposition:

"I'm tired of giving guys too much credit."


On Mike Anello not being fast:

"That's complete bull. I think the guys at NBC are the ones reiterating it, ‘He's not the fastest guy in the world.' You want to race him? Mike can run. I mean that's what Mike does best."

On how Brandon Walker can build on last week:

"Keep making field goals, that would help."


On whether the Irish were hoping to win last year:

"Not at all. I think we were expecting to win all games. Not hoping at all."

On running routes:

"It's definitely the harder than what it looks like. You can't just run straight and go left because most corners are more adept at this level."

On if he's surprised by the production of the underclassmen:

"Not at all. We've got some talent, some good young talent on this team and it's not surprising at all. I've been working with these guys, playing with these guys for more than a year now and I'm not surprised at all. I see what they can do and what they're capable of day in and day out. So I'm not surprised at all."

On how happy he is to see the running game start up:

"Hey, I'm smiling right now. "


On whether his relationship with Weis has changed:

"I think it's the same. You know, ever since I first met him in the recruiting he's been the same exact guy. Real truthful guy, a funny guy and just a good guy to be around."

On what it's like to have a healthy arm:

"You've got to have a healthy arm to be able to play quarterback on the college level. Last year it definitely wasn't 100 percent and I'm just glad it is right now."


On how Stanford is different under a new coach:

"They're a tougher team, they definitely come at you more, they play fearless. They don't sit back and take it, they're bringing the punch and that's compliments to the Comeback Kid Jim Harbaugh."


On Chris Marinelli's comments:

"I'm aware, just know I'm aware… It's pretty safe to say that I'm going to let him know that his comments are false. But that's as far as it's going to go, all my talking is going to done on the field."



On playing at Notre Dame:

"It's an unbelievable setting. I had a chance to play there once as a college senior. It's something you'll remember for awhile. I told our team it's kind of like when you were nine years old playing in the backyard and visualizing playing in front of a big crowd. Put yourself in that setting. We're not nine years old anymore but we are in that setting. It's a great opportunity for our football team to go on the road again to a hostile environment and play a very good football team. Even though we are not nine, we can still capture that spirit and that joy from playing football."

On the 2008 Notre Dame team:

"They seem to be in gear. They have a lot of young guys playing skill positions and they are not playing like freshmen. The quarterback is starting to come into his own. He's confident back there and his passes are crisp. He likes throwing deep, especially on early downs. We'll be tested in the passing game. The tough thing for us is they are such a balanced offense. They can run and pass and they have a lot of young guys stepping up real big for them."


To the Cardinal Report, on playing at Notre Dame:

"I hate it, playing up there. The field, excuse my language, the field sucks. The stadium sucks. I think the area sucks. I grew up with a bunch of Irish and Italian Catholic people back home. And all the Irish Catholic people, all they talk about is Notre Dame this, Notre Dame that. And they've never even been there, ya know. So I hate those guys, I hate that school."

To the Cardinal Report, on playing Notre Dame:

"It's going to go bad for them at one point and we are going to gash the (expletive) out of them, I promise you that. So keep bringing it, keep bringing it. They have one sack all year on 200 blitzes."

His apology:

"I would like to apologize to the University of Notre Dame and anybody else who I may have offended from the remarks I made in an interview earlier this week. I was caught up in the emotions of the game and should have been more thoughtful in my comments. The remarks were out of character for me and certainly aren't reflective of my teammates or anybody else affiliated with the Stanford program. I look forward to a competitive game on Saturday in one of the great environments in college football."


Notre Dame 31, Stanford 17: Last week Armando Allen had a breakout game, this week it's his classmate Robert Hughes' turn. Hughes breaks the century mark and scores twice, while Jimmy Clausen throws another touchdown to Michael Floyd and the defense comes up with the last score of the game to clinch it.

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