"Anything we do will be a surprise every week," said Gatewood. "But I don't think of it as a problem for us. I like to think that we just have some quarterback depth."
The one thing that was revealed by the performances of both Steenberge and Etter is that both of them are a long way from the type of quarterback that Parseghian and Notre Dame are accustomed to. Neither looks like a potential Heisman Trophy winner, or an All-America. They aren't even wearing the magic numbers, like the No. 7 that Theismann and Huarte wore, or the No. 5 that Hanratty and Paul Hornung wore, or the No. 3 that Ralph Guglielmi and Daryle Lamonica wore. Not even a No. 9 for Bob Williams, or a No. 10 for Angelo Bertelli. And certainly not the old-fashioned No. 32 for Johnny Lujack. Steenberge is No. 11, of all things, and Etter is No. 2. But maybe this doesn't matter. This year it looks like the important Notre Dame numbers are being worn by the defense and the runners.
Besides, how can it matter if Notre Dame is only going to play itself most Saturdays?