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Notable Quotes from Miami

“Kelly hadn't coached on Broadway. He hadn't coached as a celebrity. When he got to Notre Dame, he embraced that role, even if it didn't always return the hug. Kelly spoke to alumni clubs. He spoke to Rotary clubs. If asked, he would have spoken to a set of golf clubs.” — Ivan Maisel, ESPN.com

“He is the most difficult player I played against in college. He is a rare talent. He has a great combination of size and strength but is deceptively quick. He has caused all types of problems for every team he has played against. No one has really contained him.” — Oklahoma center Gabe Ikard describing Irish nose guard Louis Nix to ‘BamaMag.com

“There is a real defensiveness in the South in general, but Alabama in particular, about everything north of the Mason-Dixon Line. And that includes Notre Dame, which is a huge image of success in America. …We don't excel in almost any other category than college football – and we're kind of gangbusters in that.” — Wayne Flynt, the founding editor of the Encylopedia of Alabama, to Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde

“Everybody is worried about that next [championship], we're trying to make this the first of three, actually. No one thought that was coming out today, huh? You guys are all way too short minded with your thinking. Trying to think big picture here.” — Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin joking three days before the BCS Championship game

“Being that I am from the South, you kind of hear about the SEC schools a lot. I remember I used to get questioned: why didn't you go to South Carolina or another SEC school? But like I said earlier, God has a plan for me. I feel that I'm at the right place, and that's why I chose Notre Dame.” — Sophomore quarterback Everett Golson

“They’re not perfect. They’re not supermen. They’re a really, really good defense, but they have their weaknesses too.” — Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert on Alabama’s defense

“This year to have that leadership, to have everybody kind of look up to those seniors and provide a good example of how to come to work each day, and to really just show the team that we all play for each other. It’s great because that’s going to carry on down the line.” — Senior safety Zeke Motta on the mark left by Notre Dame’s 29-man senior class

“That's a great weapon for any team. A quarterback like that make them right for anything that he calls. He can call a play that's probably busted, and then the quarterback can scramble around for five seconds and create things and create havoc for our defense. …To have a guy like that in [the] backfield can make a play right when it was wrong.” — Alabama defensive lineman Damien Square on Irish quarterback Everett Golson

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