Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Undrafted Irish Breaking into the Pro Ranks

Big congratulations are in order for Chris Quinn. Former Irish point guard and all-around good guy, CQ has taken advantage of extended playing time the last two days and lead the Miami Heat to their first win streak of the season. Averaging 12.5 points and 3.5 assists with no turnovers the last two games, Chris has been on fire shooting and always looks to distribute. The unselfish understudy of more heralded Chris Thomas for three years, Quinn took control of the Notre Dame offense but suffered a string of tough losses his senior year. He certainly deserved to be drafted and is making the Heat look great with their decision to hold onto him since his signing as an undrafted free agent. Here's to you holding down a steady job in the NBA and making some big guaranteed money for the next several years, Chris.

Also, Darius Walker saw his first action with the Houston Texans over the weekend. Projected as a possible first day pick, Walker left a year early and went undrafted. The running back was the first undrafted free agent to be signed, but was cut by the Texans during training camp. He eventually landed on Houston's practice squad and worked his way up after injuries to the top backs. He only gained 46 yards on 16 carries against Tampa Bay, but coach Gary Kubiak said he likes the improvement Darius has made this year. With Walker, Green Bay's Ryan Grant, and Dallas' Julius Jones, the last three Notre Dame starting running backs have spent time as their respective teams' feature backs this year. New nickname for Notre Dame: Runningback U.

Thanks to Chris and Darius for their contributions to the University while they attended. Both are top of the line athletes and even better people. Notre Dame is blessed to have such great gentlemen playing at the next level.

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