MT: I don't think so. I like having the time to get healthy and enjoy the last couple weeks of school.
What if I had told you coming into the season that you'd be in the BCS title game and the Heisman race (see p. 114)?
MT: I would have told you that both are very out there.
How different are you off the field?
MT: Before games I'm very intense and very quiet. When I'm off the field I'm quiet as well, but I'm more relaxed ... very laid-back. It's like night and day.
How close were you to not going to Notre Dame?
MT: Very close. If signing day was 24 hours before, I wouldn't have gone to Notre Dame. I probably would have gone to USC.
Did you grow up rooting against Notre Dame?
MT: I grew up a hard-core USC fan. The first Notre Dame game I [remember watching] was the Bush Push. I was crying because I thought [USC] was going to lose. When Reggie Bush pushed Matt Leinart into the end zone, I was jumping up and down in the living room.
What changed in those 24 hours?