VegasInsider.com
Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Auto
Golf
Horses
Soccer
BOX/MMA
WNBA
More
Betting Tools

 
Finke takes on leadership role for Irish

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Chris Finke knows where the Notre Dame passing game needs to be. And it is nowhere close yet.

Advertisement

The Fighting Irish (2-0) have won both their games, scoring 24 points in each to beat Michigan and then Ball State. Notre Dame has 467 total receiving yards but just a single receiving touchdown - Finke's startling grab against the Wolverines - and quarterback Brandon Wimbush has four interceptions.

''You can't throw three interceptions and win games that are going to be vital to the team's success,'' Wimbush said. ''So we've got to clean up on all parts.''

Finke is eager to help.

The former preferred walk-on from Dayton, Ohio, had zero scholarship offers coming out of high school. He established himself as a contributor, earning a scholarship his sophomore year and became the team's punt returner and an option at receiver. Now in his senior season, Finke knows he can provide leadership and set an example for his younger teammates. He added 20 pounds to his 5-foot-10 frame in the offseason - and he built himself up mentally, too.

''Knowing that I was going to be one of the older guys in the receiver room I was just working on being able to hold myself accountable as a guy that younger guys could look up to and being someone who was reliable for the team knowing that I would have to step into a bigger role,'' he said. ''Just trying to solidify the mental aspect of football and getting the football IQ better and just taking all the coaching points that were given to me.''

With five catches and 95 yards so far this season, Finke has almost surpassed last season's totals (six catches, 102 yards). The catch against Michigan got a lot of attention because Finke essentially went over a defensive back to take the ball away in the end zone.

''If you go up for a ball with the thought in your head that I'm going to get, it's going to happen more often than not,'' he said.

Even with a solid start, Finke said he knows there are many things to improve if the Irish want to be College Football Playoff contenders.

''We can do a lot better in a lot of areas,'' he said. ''We have really big goals here to graduate from the University of Notre Dame and win a national championship.''

Regardless of stats and who's making the catches, Finke just wants to see the team get better each week. The Irish are home against Saturday against Vanderbilt (2-0). The Commodores have the nation's 19th-ranked defense in the early going this season, allowing only 3.97 yards per play and 8.5 points per game.

''However many opportunities it is I get in a game I want to take advantage of them,'' Finke said. ''I'm not trying to be a selfish guy. Whoever the action is going to is who it's going to. If it's coming to me, great, if it's going to Miles (Boykin) or Chase (Claypool))or if we're running the ball really well one week then great. Whatever it takes to get the job done.''

---

More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25

Copyright 2019 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
· Lawrence: 2019 AAC Preview
· News: 2019 Golden Nugget GOY Odds
· Herm Edwards to serve as professor
· Vanderbilt, SMU to play 3-game series
· Tennessee OL McBride giving up football
· Vanderbilt adds 4 more grad transfers
· A labor of love for football referres
· SWAC increases schedule, keep title game
· Michigan WR Martin transfers to Iowa
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAAFB College Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2018 CFB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 2246
Dave Cokin + 2047
Pat Hawkins + 2045
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 590
Andy Iskoe + 400
Mark Franco + 400
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Stephen Nover 63 %
Dave Cokin 61 %
Scott Pritchard 60 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Greg Smith + 950
Bruce Marshall + 860
Gary Bart + 643
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Alex Smart + 1378
Ben Burns + 1308
Bruce Marshall + 1182
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1232
Doc's Sports + 1018
Antony Dinero + 988
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, SAVE 10% off a Live Odds Pro subscription, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership