This one was all about the Irish defense.
On Avery Davis’ standout start to the season, Lenzy said, “I think Avery’s always been a consistent guy for us. I just think his number’s been called a little more often and he’s come out on top of a lot of the battles… He’s a captain for a reason. I respect him more than probably more than anyone else on the team.”
On the rotation at the Irish quarterback spot, Lenzy said, “That’s very Notre Dame-like there’s not much animosity…. I think they all understand whoever’s gonna put us in the best position to win’s gonna play.”
Lenzy is confident in how the Irish will stand up to the Bearcats’ defense. He said, “They force a lot of turnovers, so we’ll have to be very aware of the ball… it’s a high-powered offense… we need to be ahead of the chains.”
Madden highlighted the team’s assignment-sound play focus ahead of the Cincinnati game. He said, “Cincinnati’s front seven’s good… we’ll all have to be on top of our stuff… to block these things.” He explained that the team needs to cut back on the overthinking and said, “At the end of the day, it’s just football.”
The Irish scratched out three wins ahead of the Wisconsin victory. While seeing a more cohesive Irish season take shape is more than a welcome change for the team, Lewis said that moving forward, the focus remains, “intensity and preparation.” He went on to explain the Irish attitude after the game and said “It’s all about staying humble and hungry… understanding that it was a good victory, but it was just about getting back to the preparation…”
Ademilola gave props to defensive lineman Jordan Botelho and said, “Jordan is one of the most physical kids on the team. He’s a workhorse… We talk about being the most violent guys on the field.”
Ademilola went on to talk about being on the same mental plane as his twin brother, defensive lineman Justin Ademilola. He praised his brother’s performance and “killer mindset” and said, “I’m not surprised… He’s definitely gonna up it each and every week… we’re completely similar on the football field”
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