Nov. 19, 2008
Q. Could you just reflect going back through your career, taking us to your final home game?
Notre Dame's a great place, and obviously when you put a lot of time and effort into something, especially in the last game, it will make you emotional.
Q. Anything stand out in your mind particularly, a play, games, et cetera?
Q. I know I kind of asked you this on Saturday, but now that you've had a chance to look at it. How does losing Michael affect the offense?
Q. Have you seen that at practice over the past couple of days, or is the offense trying to figure all of that out?
Q. Kind of those guys maybe improving and taking another step?
Q. It seemed that you have a comfortable level with Michael on the field, even though he is just a freshman. Is that maybe the biggest loss you guys feel you probably felt like you could throw it anywhere?
Q. What's it been like for the wide receivers without him?
We lost Michael, but we still haven't lost sight of what we have to do.
Q. You've seen seniors on the receiving corps and getting emotional. What will it be like for you?
Q. Does it make it tough that you don't know? Who knows how they're going to play with that kind of emotion. Does it make it tougher?
Q. Jimmy, just wondering, Coach was saying yesterday that basically putting on the younger guys, the non seniors that you guys owe the players. How do you take that attitude? How do you go about doing that?
But, they've shown great leadership, not only this year but last year as well. We he do owe it to them.
Q. I guess the other unknown emotion is how does the coach change affect you? Does that mean you have to try more quickly and take them out of the game right away so they don't start getting momentum, or do you talk about that?
Q. Can you talk about how your class came together between the coaching change, which is pretty unique and I imagine stressful at times. What do you remember about the recruiting process? Also just kind of getting to know your class once you guys showed up on campus?
But, you know, the last few years we've grown together. Guys like Pat Kuntz, Steve Quinn, Asaph Schwapp, we've all grown together and become a lot closer. We've built relationships that will last a lifetime.
Q. Charlie talked a little about the coverages yesterday, you guys will get more cover two. As a quarterback, what is the challenge of that for you? And will you start taking advantage of that and take advantage of that?
Throwing the ball down the field, I think you've got to take what the defense gives you whether they're playing cover two, cover three, cover eight, cover four, whatever the coverage is, just stick with what the defense gives you.
Q. Was it a situation where the offense had to go out there and prove that you guys could run the ball against that defense?
Q. Are you going to lobby to wear the green jerseys this week?
Q. Did you hear about it in the locker room?
Q. Are you all for it?
Q. You talk about the memories over the four years, does the catch at Stanford in the end zone come to mind?
Q. Was there any doubt that you caught that in your mind?
Q. When they showed the replay, were you shocked when they rolled it the other way?
Q. I know you saw the last game last year, but is it difficult to relate to the emotions that David and some of the other guys are feeling since you're still so early in your college career?
Q. You guys last week Coach Weis asked you a bunch of tough questions following the Boston College loss. I'm sure you watch Sportscenter and see things on the hot seat and that kind of stuff. How do you guys react when you hear those things? Do you think it's the media's culpable?
Q. Jimmy, what is your thought on that?
Coach Weis and the coaches aren't the ones playing on the field. It's all the players in the locker room that are playing, so a lot of things haven't been said. But when it comes down to it, we've got to make plays.
Q. When you see something said about another program, you take that with a grain of salt, because you realize that might not be an accurate portrayal of their situation?
Q. Having a game with Coach Weis already calling plays back, how much easier now is it going to be in that second game with him calling the plays again?
Q. In terms of how you're receiving it, was it any different because you didn't have it coming from upstairs, it was coming straight from the field? Was there any difference in that regard for you?
Q. What have you guys taken from the Syracuse defense?
David Grimes: They lost some games this year. But if you watch film on these guys, they were in the game in a lot of these games that they lost. But they've got a lot of talent on their defense. We've just got to take care of them on Saturday.
Q. You talk about Michael being out. He brought a lot of the things to the table. So how do you balance some of the things that you need to make up?
Q. Do you feel last game you're obviously slide into maybe a little more prominent role with Michael being out. Is there pressure or motivation? David Grimes: No, no pressure at all. Like I said, I'm still going to go out there and do what I do. Not having Mike out there, it's a big loss for this team. But we can't dwell on that. We still have a game to play.
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