philosophy led to Weis's most intriguing move of the off-season: switching
backup tailback Travis Thomas to outside linebacker. Mindful of Thomas's superb
tackling on special teams and the fact that he starred as a strong safety and
outside linebacker at Washington (Pa.) High, the coach popped the question last
spring. The 6-foot, 215-pound senior accepted.
The defense will
have to struggle mightily to allow more points than Brady Quinn and the offense
are going to score. Weis says Quinn merely "grasped" the offense in
'05, but this year he's been able "to take it mentally to another
Where might that
take the Irish? While Weis refused to look past his team's opener at Georgia
Tech, Quinn was more forthright on the eve of fall practice. "National
championship," he said.