Last year John Carlson evolved from a role player to a star. Now the veteran tight end is primed to grow again, this time adding captain and leader to his résumé. Carlson talks about the challenge of directing younger players, the spring strides made by the Notre Dame offense and how the defense has improved in the past month. Just don't ask Carlson about Notre Dame's next quarterback. It's not his decision to make.
Travis Thomas admits that playing linebacker helped his running back skills, but that doesn't mean he wants another look at defense. Thomas talks about his Blue-Gold Game performance, why he returned for a fifth season and evaluates Notre Dame's stable of backs. As for what Thomas is looking for in Notre Dame's next quarterback, he liked what Demetrius Jones brought to the table with his Chicago swagger.
David Bruton wants an encore, although he might have to amend his celebration routine. The safety talks about his interception return for a touchdown, the inspiration behind his end zone flip and how the secondary has improved this spring. For the rangy athlete, the key to success has been the simplification of the Irish defense, which has brought back a little excitement to the Notre Dame secondary.
Now Maurice Crum knows. The stories about former Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz are true. Crum talks about getting to know Holtz during the Blue-Gold Game weekend and what he's looking for in Notre Dame's next quarterback. Crum believes the competition to replace Brady Quinn is far from complete, but he likes what he sees in Demetrius Jones.
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