Quinn still the starter despite struggles

Originally Published: November 5, 2003
By Adam Rittenberg | Special to
Through eight games the Irish are last in the nation in passing efficiency with a rating of 82.52. Notre Dame averages 183.1 passing yards a game and freshman QB Brady Quinn has completed only 44.7 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Opening day starter Carlyle Holiday hasn't fared much better, posting a 49.3 completion percentage and only 43.3 passing yards per game. "We've not had an efficiency we're comfortable with," Irish coach Tyrone Willingham said. "It's a position we don't want to occupy but we're just not doing it well. You try to make it as clear for your quarterback as possible. You try to enhance the routes your receivers run. You try to do more with the run game."

Willlingham said he considered removing Quinn from last Saturday's game with Florida State but felt it was not the right time to play Holiday. Quinn has started the last five games and will start Saturday against Navy. "I do like a lot of things I'm seeing from Brady and the thought of not starting him did not enter my mind," Willingham said. "When you're learning on the job there are going to be some ups and downs."

  • The Irish have not lost to Navy in 39 years, a legacy Willingham said doesn't affect the current team. "Our football team or last year's team had not beaten them 39 times in a row," Willingham said. "This game counts and as a competitor you recognize that the past is great but you have to play the game today."