With it being the last home game of the season, I’m going to spotlight some of Notre Dame’s seniors this week in the blog. Here are some comments from linebacker Scott Smith.
On his last game: “I think that desire, at least by myself, to play my best game, hopefully will carry through, allow me and the other guys to make plays on Saturday to help send all the seniors out in the right way.”
On how he leaves the program: “I think our biggest job is just to make sure that with these last three games that we have, is just to give everything we have on the field as leaders of the team to make sure everybody is in the frame of mind not only to finish out this year strong but to kind of move forward into next year.”
On coach Charlie Weis: “I think Coach Weis has taken a majority of the responsibility for good and bad that's happened this season. This week it's up to the captains and the leaders to take that onus of responsibility on us. If the team is not ready to go on Saturday, it's on us. If we don't get off to that fast start, it's on us. We realize that. That's not added pressure on us; that's an opportunity to have more of an impact to send us out the right way on Saturday.”
On Notre Dame Stadium: “There's been a lot of great memories. The game my freshman year against USC, probably one of the greatest games I've ever been a part of, whether I played or didn't. The biggest thing I'm going to take away from playing is just the opportunity to run through the tunnel. Every time we play at home, get a chance to smack that 'Play Like a Champion' sign, reflect on what's happened in there before, knowing I had an opportunity to be a part of that tradition, part of that history is something real special to me.”