Notre Dame’s Quinn forced to play defense

first_img“It’s funny to hear some of that and you’re thinking, `Man, did I not lift today? Did somebody see me in the weight room miss a rep?’ ” Quinn wondered. “I’m kind of confused. It’s one of those things you can use as motivation.” Northern Illinois running back Garrett Wolfe would like to tell NFL teams to look past the numbers, in this case his 5-foot-7-inch stature, and focus on numbers that matter – 179 all-purpose yards per game. “People are entitled to their beliefs, and they feel that I wouldn’t have accomplished those same things playing in a bigger conference,” Wolfe said. “But my offensive line coach (Sam Pittman) said it best when he said everything I’ve accomplished I’ve accomplished with a Mid-American Conference offensive line. It wasn’t like I was out there playing with a Big Ten offensive line. (And) I wasn’t running up and down the field against air.” Because much of the NFL is obsessed with what they can measure, Wolfe is prepared to be ignored by many teams. “I’m a running back who may not fit everyone’s scheme,” he said. “I may not fit what everyone’s trying to do offensively, so there probably will be 15 or 20 teams not interested in me at all. But with the NFL draft, you just need one team.” INDIANAPOLIS – Brady Quinn is not working out at the NFL scouting combine this weekend. He will do the interviews, take the Wonderlic intelligence test and go through medical evaluations with teams, particularly those concerned with the knee injury that occurred during the USC game, aggravated in the Sugar Bowl loss to LSU and is not fully healed at this point. But as far as he is concerned, talk that his stock in the April NFL draft may be slipping is something to be ignored and laid to rest on pro days March 4 and 22. He is unequivocal; he will tell NFL general managers he clearly should be one of the top three picks in the draft. “There’s not one other player who has had the kind of coaching I’ve had the past couple of years,” Quinn said. “There’s not one other player who has done what I’ve done the past couple of years. You’ve seen the progress, the numbers and everything we’ve done at Notre Dame, and I feel I am the best leader for a team that needs someone to fulfill that job.” What about the negatives that are coming up, as they inevitably do before the draft? center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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