Seniors celebrate final victory at home

first_imgFor a quarter of the student body, Saturday’s football victory against Wake Forest represented more than an undefeated season at home. It also marked the seniors’ last game in the student section of Notre Dame Stadium. Saint Mary’s senior Maria Malm said this weekend’s celebrations were the perfect culmination to her four years in the student section as a Notre Dame fan. “I had so much fun in the stands on Saturday,” she said. “The atmosphere was incredible and it was so great to get to spend it with all of my classmates. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend my last game as a student.” While the Irish victory and preservation of the undefeated record were key components to the weekend’s joy, Malm said one of the best parts of the game came after the final whistle when she and other seniors spilled onto the field. “Going on the field was by far one of the highlights of my four years in the student section,” she said. “I had so much fun taking pictures and just taking it all in. It was a special moment and I know I’ll remember it forever.” Saint Mary’s senior Claire Priestly joined Malm and the other seniors in rushing the field after the game. She also said it was a special way to celebrate her time as a student fan. “It was a great end to the four years I’ve spent going to the games with all of my friends,” she said. “We had so much fun and enjoyed it a lot.” Saint Mary’s senior Megan Lynch also spent her Saturday in the student section cheering on the Irish for one final time. She said her final game was enjoyable, if also surreal. “It didn’t hit me that it was the last game until I was walking into the Stadium,” she said. “It was sad thinking that I would never be able to attend a game as a student again, but it was extra special to walk into the last game with the same best friends that I walked into my first home game with freshman year.” Notre Dame senior Ellie Griep said she thought Saturday’s game marked the end of a fantastic senior season. “This is the perfect senior season,” she said. “No. 1 is the pinnacle and we will all ride out on that high.” Griep said cheering on the Irish this year was a different experience than past seasons. “I have never cared about football as a sport before, and still am not interested in any other team or league, but there isn’t anything I wouldn’t give to see Notre Dame at the BCS National Championship,” she said. In addition to beating Wake Forest and maintaining an undefeated season at home, Malm said she was also excited about other results in the college football world. “Going to bed Saturday night with the news both Oregon and Kansas State lost was the perfect ending to the day’s festivities,” she said. “I can’t believe the season Notre Dame has had, and I feel so blessed I was here to experience it all.” Notre Dame senior Eddie Hjerpe agreed the season has been a perfect culmination of the past four years and quoted the football team from popular television show “Friday Night Lights” on their quest for a state championship. “One team, one dream. … We’re going to state,” he said. “[I] could not have asked for a better year to be a senior at Notre Dame.”last_img read more

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Wilson wins backup quarterback battle, will be 1st option behind Hunt Friday night

first_imgAustin Wilson is the No. 2 quarterback for Syracuse on Friday night, quarterbacks coach Tim Lester said Tuesday evening.The sophomore Wilson was listed in the top backup spot alongside AJ Long when Syracuse released its two-deep depth chart Monday. But Lester said he won the position battle with a strong arm and improving footwork, maintaining that Long and Mitch Kimble will still get meaningful reps in practice.“His feet are comfortable and things are starting to come out of his hand on time,” Lester said. “And everything last year, he could throw it, but it was just a second late. And he was really the first one of those three to relax and let his arm be a positive for him.”Starting quarterback Terrel Hunt also spoke highly of Wilson’s development, admiring the backup’s success as an underdog in the position battle and saying he constantly pushed the Camp Hill, Pennsylvania native.Hunt and Wilson work closely together, Hunt said, with the older quarterback making sure the younger takes notes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I tell him that all the time. He says, ‘Going into camp last year I was fourth string, now I’m second string.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, you know, but you’re still not first,’” Hunt said. “I just remind him all the time. I just tell him that he’s got to keep working. I was in that same position, so I tell him that second string isn’t good enough. I really want him to push.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 26, 2014 at 7:44 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_last_img read more

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