Karl Dorrell commented after practice.
"We're trying to get better. As you see, we're working on when a guy jumps
offsides or so we're doing a little extra. So we got to do whatever it
takes for us to do those things. We're working really hard and trying to be
really detailed. For a Tuesday, for the first day of a lot of information, they
handled it just like they normally do on a Tuesday and it usually gets better on
Wednesday and then sharper on Thursday and they're ready to go by the end of the
week. It was a good day today. There's definitely some excitement in the
air about playing again for an opportunity this week. And we'll be ready to
Have you gained any clarity on who's going to play quarterback for Note Dame?
"I'm really not as concerned about that as you guys. I think, maybe, it looks
like, if Jimmy Clausen's available to play, he'll be the starter. I think Evan Sharpley will play as well, if not. We're preparing for both. We'll expect one
of those two to come out."
Charlie Weis has been saying this week that there's not much difference between the two quarterbacks...
"Well, he would know more. We saw Sharpley for a larger extent this past
week, and that's really the only extended time we've seen him. He looks like a
talented player. Both of them are talented players. They're both young, learning
their offense and getting more experience. I think both of them have I'm sure
the physical qualities of what it takes to play the position and play it
Shannon Tevaga looked like he got some reps in there today...
"Yeah, he's coming around. We wanted him to get some reps and he was able to
do some today. We'll see how things respond tomorrow. He's pretty optimistic and
he feels good, but we'll just see how the week goes for him. MIchael Pitre was
sore. He did the running early in the week and everything with our conditioning
and got a little bit sore and his knee swelled up a little bit, so we decided
not to practice him today to try to get the swelling to go down a little bit so
he can do something tomorrow. Chris Markey feels better. He's walking around in
his boot, but he feels better. The swelling has gone down, too. We're going to
wait until a little later in the week before getting him going
With all the troubles they've had, do you think they're getting better week to week?
"We were similar to that last year when we had a four-game losing
streak. What you do is just keep fighting and try to get better and stay
together as a team. I'm sure Coach Weis, with his experience, has been in this
kind of situation before. You just keep working on your fundamentals and get
better and better. They're a good football team, I don't believe their record.
They're better than their record. We're going to have to continue to improve and
play the type of game that's necessary for us…that we've been playing the last
couple of weeks."
Kahlil Bell was wearing a red, no-hit shirty today...
"He's sore and has a bruised shoulder, but he should be fine."
You expect Markey to be ready?
"I'd say it's 50/50."
Is it too early to decide where those reps will go?
"Yeah, it's Tuesday. He should feel much better tomorrow, and start on some
medication that should alleviate some of the swelling."
How's Kyle Bosworth doing at linebacker?
"He's doing really well. He's done two things really well. Special teams
wise, he was our special teams player of the game for us this week. Had a lot of
tackles on special teams. And then on defense he played most of the base snaps
of the game. He did a great job. He's not picture perfect. He's eliminated most
of his mistakes, because he playing a lot."