Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Drew White, safety Houston Griffith, running back Chris Tyree and offensive lineman Josh Lugg spoke about new talent, Wisconsin’s structured defense and more ahead of the next game in the series. Shamrock versus the Wisconsin Badgers at Soldier Field in Chicago.
White addressed the adjustments for Irish linebackers this season and said: “Originally… we lost some players and he’s the ‘next guy’ and I’ve experienced that with my younger years here and this is a good thing. I talked about it during fall camp that we had a lot of depth and a lot of point guard in linebacking and so we saw it with JD Bertrand stepping up and different guys filling their roles.
While the new season marks a significant change in linebacker, much of the Irish game has remained the same. White said: “It’s still football… a mission sound, getting to the ball, ‘the effort and the attitude’, as they say.”
In the next on-site neutral matchup against the Badgers, White said, “It will be a physical game; I think that’s what it’s going to come down to, and then the discipline, being in your gap, being the right duty. Wisconsin does a great job of really opening up the creases and the running back is really good at finding those creases so anyone who isn’t in position will charge you for that so I think that’s really the point of emphasis for this week.
The Irish have a chance to redeem themselves for faltering performances. Griffith said, “We’re just going to put the pressure on the receivers. When the ball is in the air it’s up to us… give our offense a chance to get back onto the pitch because… they do a great job controlling possession, so we just have to get off the pitch and get the offense returns the ball and let them do their thing.
The Wisconsin game offers the Notre Dame head coach an opportunity to lead the team to the most wins in program history. While Griffith says the idea of head coach Brian Kelly surpassing Knute Rockne’s 105 wins is exciting, he explained, “Coach Kelly just wants us to have tunnel vision, focus on a game. . “
Getting into the head of the Badgers hasn’t been Tyree’s main priority. Although he is delighted to face a particularly “disciplined” defense. Of Wisconsin’s preparation for the Irish, Tyree said, “I’m not really sure. “I’m so locked in what we need to do on offense.
The Irish running back summed up the state of mind ahead of the Wisconsin game and said: “Stay patient; stay consistent on our readings. We understand that the big games will come. He went on to say that staying focused on the passing game “keeps the defense honest”.
Notre Dame’s offensive line has new talent. On the possible advantage of pitting an unknown line against the Badgers, Lugg said: “We treat opponents like faceless opponents; I don’t know how they see us, but… if we run our fundamentals and get back to basics at a high level, then we’ll be good for Saturday.
Lugg went on to explain that building cohesion on the offensive line involves effort on the part of more experienced players, especially to include freshmen as well as, “… seeing it through one. eye, perform at a high level.You just have to rally all the time.
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