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Tuesday, September 29, 2009


"Jimmy is ready to go today. Jimmy's back. Armando's back. We're ready to go." - Charlie Weis

From IrishIllustrated comes this wonderful quote from today's presser with Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis. Thank God. Notre Dame's offense struggled for the first time all season thanks in part to losing Michael Floyd for the season the week before but a large part of it was not having Armando Allen in the backfield and Jimmy Clausen playing half a game due to turf toe. If Notre Dame is going to outscore their opponents this season (trust me their defense can't stop shit right now) they are going to have to rely on Clausen and Armando getting the majority of the playing reps. Clausen is one of the top 3 quarterbacks in the nation right now and sealed one of those signature moments in Irish history when he came off the bench to help lead Notre Dame to a tough road victory in the final seconds with a winning touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph. The backup Dayne Crist is a great player himself but Jimmy is the clear leader of the offense and makes it work with his incredible accuracy and experience. Notre Dame also has a ton of depth at the tailback position but "MANDO" as I call him is the most dependable and has turned himself into a top 10 back in the nation with his 326 rushing yards in the first 3 games.

Having Jimmy and Mando back gives Notre Dame an extra 10 points at the very least in my opinion this weekend against a dangerous Washington team. Notre Dame has to win and hopefully convincingly instead of giving me cardiac arrest once again. They have an off week to prepare for their biggest game of the season: USC. Jimmy and Mando will help determine whether or not Notre Dame is ready to step up to the big boy table and finally slay their arch rival Trojans. The FUPA's job is on the line as well. I can't wait.


ryan said...

Did you watch the game? The RB's that filled in for Armando did a great job. Can't use that as an excuse.

Matt Fairchild ( said...

I agree Ryan, the RB's did look good. I just think Armando is better at this stage. I loved seeing Hughes go full steam instead of hesitating. I still believe he can be an impact player. Jonas needs to get rid of the fumbles and the missed blocking assignments and then he will earn some more PT because he looks to be the most talented of the group. Actually come to think of it I would love to see Golden in the backfield more like when Rocket use to line up there. Golden seems to be stronger and more explosive than any of the tailbacks.

Go Irish!