Quotes of the Week

Each week IrishEyes offers a collection of the best sound bites from the Notre Dame players and coaches. This week features the best quotes of the week from Notre Dame for leading up to Boston College. This piece also includes Christian McCollum's game prediction.


On the atmosphere at BC for a night game:

"Giving all those students from Boston College a whole day to prepare to be ready for that game and it's a small stadium and it's right on top of you, it's kind of like "us against the world" mentality."

On David Bruton claiming to have beaten Golden Tate in a race:

"I can just tell you when you go on the field if Golden is running, he's running by David, just so you know that."

On whether he has ever been the good cop:

"I actually have been. But not as the head coach. I've been in that position where, whether it be Parcells or Belichick, just goes in and they take care of the bad side and you have to do the damage control."

On latest knee update:

"My knee's doing crummy, thanks for asking. But I'm actually going to in the near future have an MRI and find out exactly the extent of where we are and if I'm getting it fixed. I already have a couple of tentative dates that I would get it fixed. But the problem is you have to go right on the road recruiting as soon as the regular season is over, boom, you're on the road recruiting, so you really can't get it done as expeditiously as you would like to. So we'll just have to wait and see and find out exactly what the results are first."



On what he wants to see Saturday:

"Right now, Corwin Brown and his defense and the offense and everybody who is going on this trip with us, we're going down there with one purpose and that is to beat Boston College. I don't care where they are ranked or who they lost to two weeks ago. I don't care how many yards they run for, throw for, all we want to do is win. Would I like to go out there and beat their heads in? Absolutely, but if we give up a thousand points and still win, I will be happy with that."

On his impressions of Steve Quinn:

"I think Quinny has worked his way into this position. I think the light bulb has come on, but it's because of the things that he has done. He has put himself in that position. We haven't given him anything. He's earned it and deserves it. That's what happens when you're an older guy and it matters to you."


On last week's game against Pittsburgh:

"We're moving on to BC right now."

On getting used to being in the press box:

"It's like when you go to the Indy 500 and you sit down for the start of the race and everything goes by and it's a blur to you. Everything now, it's like when things happen it's a lot more slow-motion because as the race goes on you get to see the cars, you can see the numbers and everything. I think as the season goes on everything has slowed down tremendously."

On coaching in pressure games:

"When you coach in the SEC, the Big 12 and then you come to Notre Dame and you play at the University of Notre Dame as a young man it's a part of your life. One game is just like the other."


On the meeting with Weis Monday morning:

"It was very matter of fact."


On the meeting with Weis Monday morning:

"There's kids watching this."


On Trevor Robinson's demeanor:

"He's not Eric Olsen.""

On Eric Olsen's demeanor:

"Well, he's from New York, so I'll just leave it at that."

On the team's expectations:

"You play the game to win."

On the 2000 Florida Recount:

"I think there were a lot of lessons learned from it, but I it's one of those things that I think it's good that it only happens maybe once in a lifetime."

On filling out his absentee ballot:

"They said to do it in private, so I did it in a fully loaded car."


Notre Dame 31, Boston College 17: The Irish need this game and they will get it. Jimmy Clausen is able to open up the Boston College secondary early with some big connections to Michael Floyd and Duval Kamara before the running game and Robert Hughes starts to bang away. The early lead forces BC's offense to become one-dimensional and the Irish defense is able to get to the quarterback and create turnovers.

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