After two games, the Irish are ranked last in the nation in total offense, rushing yards, sacks allowed, and tackles for loss allowed.
"It challenges us," junior offensive lineman Mike Turkovich said. "I think it says, 'you guys need to get better, you aren't good enough.' And obviously we aren't because we haven't proven that we are."
"We have to earn respect and we haven't done anything worth earning respect," Turkovich explained. "I take it personally; I think we all do. I think its going to make us better."
The most glaring stat is the record. It's just the 2nd time in the last 20 years, the Irish have started a season 0-2.
"Of course it's a little embarassing," sophomore wide receiver Robby Parris says. "No one likes to be 0-2, walking around without a win yet."
"We have to go out there and try and become 1-2, then next week 2-2, but we have to just focus on the game we have right now."
For sophomore tight end Will Yeatman, its very simple.
"We definitely need a win," Yeatman said. "Tthat's what we are going out there everyday looking to do."
"It's really nice to get out there on the practice field today after having yesterday off---be able to get our legs back and get fresh again, be able to get our minds set for this week."
" We need to get a win and we'll do everything we can to do that."
The Irish will play at Michigan Saturday. It's the first time both programs have ever started a season 0-2.
Jeff Jeffers will have live reports from Ann Arbor on Friday and Saturday.
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