Quinn gives Irish offense hope

Originally Published: September 30, 2003
By Adam Rittenberg | Special to
Notre Dame freshman Brady Quinn started last week against Purdue and threw for 297 yards and a touchdown in the loss to Purdue. Quinn, who was the first Notre Dame freshman to start at QB since Matt LoVechhio in 1999, also had four interceptions. He will likely start in two weeks when the Fighting Irish play at No. 22 Pitt. "It's a natural feeling I think our football team has, that this young man can get some things done," Fighting Irish coach Tyrone Willingham said. RB Ryan Grant had another poor effort, with only 19 yards on nine carries. "We're just not getting after it," Grant said after the game. "I think running the ball is an attitude."

  • The West Coast offense had its moments last Saturday, thanks in part to sophomore WR Maurice Stovall, who had 171 yards receiving and an 85-yard touchdown. It was the most receiving yards for a Notre Dame player since Bobby Brown had 208 against Pitt in 1999. Stovall's chemistry with Quinn has Irish fans looking forward to the next two seasons. "I struggled the last couple of games," Stovall said. "I have to come out and just try to play my game, play comfortable and just execute all my assignments."

  • Sophomore Jamie Ryan made his first career start at RG against Purdue. Willingham had been pleased with Ryan's play two weeks ago against Michigan State. Sean Milligan, the regular starter at RG, did not travel to Purdue because of a nagging back injury. C Bob Morton started after missing the Michigan State game with a chest injury.