Quotes of the Week

Each week Irish Eyes 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 Pittsburgh. This piece also includes Christian McCollum's game prediction.


On the intensity of linemen Dan Wenger and Mike Turkovich:

"They are very, very intense, like you look at them and you think they're going to pop a blood vessel when you're talking to them sometimes."

On recommending haircuts for Harrison Smith and Trevor Robinson:

"It's recommended for Charlie Jr., but he happens to be going (Tuesday), as a matter of fact. That one I can control, the others I can't."

On Jonas Gray playing the role of LeSean McCoy on the scout team:

" He'll be wearing a big old 25. So just you might as well look at him this week and call him McCoy instead of calling him Gray because that's who he will be this week in this practice."

On calling 25 straight passes to start an NFL game:

"We lined up in empty and threw it every play. We got off to a good start."



On stopping good running backs:

"I know some coaches that I played for that once said all running backs run the same when there's no hole."

On Kyle McCarthy's relationship with younger brother Danny:

"You've got the big dog and then you've got the little dog and he doesn't know what's going on so he just follows the big dog. "


On Michael Floyd setting the freshman receiver touchdown record:

"I have no idea about records. The only thing I know about is one game at a time. I can't tell you what the record is. Michael Floyd is a young man who gets better each and every week. Michael Floyd gets better each and every week because of his relentless work ethic every day that he comes to practice with."


On Weis insisting that he cuts his hair before going back to the secondary:

"He was talking to me about that for moving back to safety that I needed to cut my hair, so I'm hoping he was just joking about that. I'm pretty sure he was just joking. I hope so."



On ND's offense:

"Notre Dame may throw it 60 times this week"

On ND's offense:

"I expect them to come in against us and be balanced. They'll probably run the ball and play-passes. It's no different than they've been doing. They try to be balanced but they ran it 50 times last week against Washington for 250 yards. They are very capable of running the football."


On Jimmy Clausen:

"He's a better athlete than what I first thought. By that, I mean that when he gets under pressure he can move around and make all the throws. I know that's a coach's cliché, but there's some truth to that. I've seen him throw the deep-outs across the field. They'll throw deep balls up. I guarantee we're going to get half a dozen on Saturday. They're going to take their shots. One guy can't cover everybody and we've only got four guys in the secondary so we need to find ways to get certain players matched up."

On Pat Bostick being more prepared as a sophomore:

"I would hope that he would have a lot better understanding of what it takes to go out there and perform. I would hope that he would have a lot better of an understanding of the offense that we're running. I think he's definitely more prepared today than he was a year ago today. We didn't do one thing different Saturday when he came in. It's unfortunate that he made three nice throws and took us down the field and then he got some pressure in his face and we had the turnover."


Notre Dame 27, Pittsburgh 17: The Irish get their most impressive win of the season by getting on top early and staying ahead. Jimmy Clausen comes out fast with a couple of touchdowns and then the Notre Dame running backs are able to carry the load the rest of the way. The Irish defense do a good job of containing Pitt running back LeSean McCoy and a late Panther touchdown makes the final score look closer.

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