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Lou Somogyi 13 months ago
Junior cornerback Bennett Jackson, Notre Dame ready to tackle their biggest challenges with USC’s game-breaking wideouts.
Good one, Lou.
Keep those NFL caliber receivers in front of you, quality tackling.
When I saw the title I was going to ask if they did any different tackling drills this week, but in the article you mention that nearly half the drills they have been doing all year are working on tackling skills.
No wonder they are so sound at that.
Just hearing what the players have to say, and the why they are saying it , I feel they are very focused. I really think Saturday is going to be a great day in Irish history.
I feel like there are still enough naysayers and detractors of this team to help keep their ego in check. Absolutely no one thought they would be 11-0 at this point, and there are still many talking heads that don't think they deserve to be in the NC.
Go look at USC's schedule. They have lost to every good team they've played this year. ND needs to come out and limit their own mistakes and play assignment correct football. Hopefully they can shut down the run and force USC into playing a lot like OU played them.
There's little doubt that this fuels the biggest concern among Irish fans. Since well before the season began, the words "Woods" and "Lee" have been associated with nightmarish visions. Well, they are good. As Lou's article suggests the antidote is to keep them in front of you and tackle with certainty. Minimize the YAC. The other factor is to rattle Wittek. Barkley was effective last year because he could extend the play. Whether Wittek can do the same, remains to be seen, but one of the ND keys will be to keep him off balance in the pocket. A young, hurried quarterback will be prone to making bad decisions. That is, in effect, a pre-emptive strike against Woods and Lee. Smart assignment football by all eleven defenders should prove to be enough.
You know, back in 2007 when the two winningest teams in all of college football had both begun 0-2, Michael Hart at Michigan guaranteed that Michigan would win. And they trounced us.
So Max Wittek's proclamation could inspire more than a little fear—at least in the chilling reminder of those dark days.
But here's why his proclamation doesn't do anything but inspire pity:
Wittek plays under Lane Kiffen. I try not to follow the SEC too closely, but I seem to recall that Kiffen made a similar proclamation about Tennessee beating 'Bama (or somebody) and got humiliated.
The Bush Push is vacated, folks. They didn't win that game after all, because they're dirty.
USC, in getting behind Lane Kiffen, has declared itself to be dirty and they're fine with it.
Fine with me.
I wouldn't be surprised if he lied when he said Matt Barkley won't play--in a desperate attempt to throw off our defensive preparation.
Talk is cheap. And it doesn't matter. What matters is Saturday night.
Now it's true that we went out there and beat their butts with a true freshman last time, and it would give the sportswriters a lot to talk about if they were to do the same to us. But here's the thing: If they want to beat us, they're going to have to get the ball past Manti and the D-Boys. And, THAT, my friends, just isn't going to happen.
They're going DOWN because they're dirty.
We're on the rise because we're clean.
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by Badhair on 11/23/2012 at 7:57 PM
We have a much better defense then USC and a more balance offense!! We should be able to run for 300 yards against this team!!
Bend don't break in pass coverage - game over - ND wins.
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