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COACH'S Q&A: DANNY HOPE
Danny Hope
August 13, 2010
ON WHAT HE LEARNED THIS SPRING AND THAT NOTRE DAME OPENER
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August 13, 2010

Coach's Q&a: Danny Hope

ON WHAT HE LEARNED THIS SPRING AND THAT NOTRE DAME OPENER

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SI: How do you think your team fared during the spring season?

DH: We suffered an inordinate amount of injuries and had as many as 20 guys out at one point, which slowed down the continuity. It's hard to get an idea of where we're at, but I've got a good idea of where we could be. The good news is we were able to develop a lot of depth, [the lack of which was] a nemesis of our team last year. [Those injuries] could end up being a blessing in disguise in the long run.

SI: WHAT IMPRESSION HAS ROBERT MARVE MADE ON YOU?

DH: HE'S AS TALENTED A QUARTERBACK AS I'VE EVER BEEN AROUND—AND I'VE BEEN AROUND SOME GOOD ONES.

SI: If Ralph Bolden is unable to go at running back this fall, to whom do you turn?

DH: We have a lot of guys who can carry the load, including Keith Carlos and Al-Terek McBurse. Not a donkey in the bunch.

SI: After losing 21 lettermen, where are you most susceptible to early-season struggles?

DH: We have a pretty good front seven, the question is back in the secondary, where we graduated four seniors. We are high on skill, low on experience, so we are going to keep it simple.

SI: Do you like facing a tough nonconference team like Notre Dame to open the season?

DH: I know some people are wary, [but] it's a great way for players to advance their training this summer. If you can't focus on getting ready for Notre Dame, there's something wrong with your team.

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