March 30, 2001

The Notre Dame football team opened spring practice on March 27 at the Loftus Sports Complex. Throughout the spring, will follow the progress of senior flanker Arnaz Battle and senior linebacker Tyreo Harrison.

The following is our first talk with Harrison including how he plans to help fill the gap left by the graduation of All-American Anthony Denman.

What is it like starting spring practice without Anthony Denman?

“It is hard for me, because Denman and I are really close. I’m closer to him than anybody on the team. He was a performer. When it was time to go, he was ready to go. We are trying to get used to him not being around. I just go on, and see him everyday after practice, I guess that will work for me.”

What are some personal goals you have set for yourself this spring?

“I want to work on pass drops, I want to get out better. I want to be aggressive at the right time, and keep that intensity without edging up before the ball is snapped. That is one of the things I want to work on the most. I enjoy moving around a little bit before the ball is snapped, but now I need to be patient, get in my stance, and go from the snap.”

What are some goals the linebackers have set as a group?

“Always to be aggressive. Not overly aggressive, but attacking the line of scrimmage when the ball reaches the line of scrimmage. We want to be disciplined by not overrunning your gap and trying to make the play all the time. Take care of your area of responsibility, and do is as fast as you can.”