The Notre Dame football team opened up fall camp Monday in Marion, Indiana. The Irish are eager to prove a lot of things coming off an undefeated regular season a year ago.
"12-0 was all great but you know we lost when it counted and you think about that every day," nose guard Louis Nix explains. "I watch the National Championship at least 3 times a week, honestly. To remind myself that I don't want that to happen again."
Notre Dame's 42-14 loss at the hands of Alabama resulted in many throughout the country claiming Notre Dame didn't deserve to be there--that their 2012 season was a fluke.
"I think everyone is motivated by different things," quarterback Tommy Rees says. "Proving last year wasn't a fluke is one of them."
"I don't know you can call the season a fluke," cornerback Bennett Jackson adds. "We went 12-1. If you want to call it a fluke you can call it a fluke but I think that's foolish."
No question. All those people questioning the Irish is fuel for this team.
"Definitely--who is not going to get ticked over that?" captain and offensive lineman Zach Martin admits.
"You hear a lot about the criticism--A lot about of what people say you can't do or what they think you can't do," wide receiver TJ Jones explains. "I have the faith in myself to prove everyone wrong. I am real hungry to get started on this season to show its not a fluke and that I am better than I was last year and that Notre Dame is going to make a run this year."
Football is back.