If you follow me on Twitter, which a good number of you probably don’t, you know that for the last few weeks I’ve been posting photos of old and current ND players in countdown to the first game. Today we are officially 10 days away from kickoff between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Temple Owls, so here are your 10s.
Brady Quinn, Adrian Jarrell, Matt LoVecchio and DaVaris Daniels days until kickoff... pic.twitter.com/tke7vfWpJh— Bobby Norell (@RENorell_III) August 23, 2017
Brady Quinn - QB - 2003-06
This list kind of begins and ends with Brady Quinn, but for the sake of content I’ve included some more. Quinn was the face of the program for four years, and to this day you can still walk around the Notre Dame campus on game days and see his jersey worn amongst the crowd.
He captained two very good Notre Dame’s teams in 2005 and 2006, when we thought we were seeing a rebirth of Notre Dame football. In ‘05 he threw for a program record 3,919 yards en route to a 9-3 record. Quinn also threw 32 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. Going into 2006 Quinn was expected to compete for the Heisman Trophy, but an early clunker against Michigan kind of took him out of the running for the rest of the year. That said, he still finished third in the voting. In 2006 Quinn finished with 3,426 yards, 37 touchdowns and just seven interceptions.
He’s the Notre Dame all-time leader in career passing yards (11,762), passing touchdowns (95) and also holds the single season and game records for touchdown passes with 37 and six. Quinn also orchestrated two memorable comebacks on the road against Michigan State and at home against UCLA in 2006.
Adrian Jarrell - WR - 1989-93
Jarrell was never a big producer on the stat sheet, but is responsible for two huge plays in Notre Dame history. In 1990 the No.1 ranked Fighting Irish paid a visit to East Lansing to take on Michigan State. The Spartans led late in the fourth quarter when Jarrell was at the right place at the right time. Roll the tape.
Jarrell’s catch set Notre Dame up for the winning score.
In 1993 Jarrell played in all 11 games, but touched the ball exactly twice. Once a 16 yard reception, the other came in the Game of the Century against Florida State. Jarrell and the Irish struck first on a 32-yard reverse play. Again, roll the tape.
DaVaris Daniels - WR - 2011-13
Daniels’ career at Notre Dame ended on a sour note, as he was part of the “Frozen Five.” But during his time at ND, Daniels was a productive player. In 2013 Daniels finished second on the team, only behind T.J. Jones, in receptions (46), yards (745) and touchdowns (7). In that same season, Daniels had a career game against Purdue, as he caught eight catches for 167 yards and two scores. In the 2013 BCS Championship Game blowout against Alabama, Daniels posted what was then a career high in yards with 115.
Matt LoVecchio - QB - 2000-01
LoVecchio will always be remembered for his role on the 2000 Notre Dame squad. He began his freshman season at the third string quarterback, but after an injury to Arnez Battle, Lovecchio assumed the role of starter. He played in nine game for the Irish, including eight starts. In that span, LoVecchio also helped rattle off seven straight wins for the Irish. In part because of Lovecchio, the Irish finished with a 9-2 record and a birth in the Fiesta Bowl against Oregon State. Of course, Notre Dame was waxed 41-9.
LoVecchio entered the 2001 as the starter, but the magic was not there. He played sporadically, and eventually ending up transferring to Indiana where he finished out his career.