Aug. 19, 2001

The Notre Dame football team reported for its first contact practice of training camp. For the first time since reporting on August 14, the squad suited up in pads.

Irish head coach Bob Davie did see some extra spark with today’s contact practice but he feels that the football team will have no problems as far as enthusiasm goes this season.

“I don’t think that we are going to have a problem with the spark on this football team,” he said. “We have a lot of seniors and a lot of leaders. And certainly everyone knows what is coming.”

The head coach sees not only enthusiasm from the seniors but also from the younger classes.

“I am pleased with some of our younger guys,” Davie said. “We have got some young skilled guys out there that are providing a spark.”

WEATHER CONDITIONS

The Irish once again had to face some tough field conditions. Overnight rains left the practice fields muddy and soggy.

“It is good just to get outside,” Davie said. “I would much rather be outside and perform at little slower speed than to have to go inside.”

QUARTERBACK EVALUATION

While the quarterbacks took a lot of snaps at today’s practice, Davie contends that the players are just working the kinks out right now.

Sophomores Matt LoVecchio, Carlyle Holiday and Jared Clark have seen the same amount of snaps thus far in training camp. The morning practice is spent emphasizing the run while the afternoon practice the quarterbacks focus on the pass.

“Yesterday, I thought all three quarterbacks did some good things but it is obvious that Matt LoVecchio is ahead of the other two,” Davie said. “You can tell that he has worked really hard this summer.”