January 5, 2007

Grimes ready to be the one

David Grimes didn't come to Notre Dame to play a supporting role.

This spring he'll get the chance to lead with Jeff Samardzija and Rhema McKnight out of eligibility. Replacing that duo represents a tall order for the diminutive Grimes, who'll try to help soften the loss of 349 career catches, 4,870 yards and 49 touchdowns. Grimes believes he's up for the job.

The Irish offense, already losing record-setting quarterback Brady Quinn, needs whatever veteran assistance in it can get. Grimes feels good about that too, believing the depth chart is stocked with talent.

"I have some real big shoes to fill," Grimes said. "I know we're going to miss Rhema and Jeff, but it's part of the game. Guys have to step up and be ready to make plays."

Grimes made one against LSU, a 24-yard touchdown grab, and finished his sophomore season with 22 catches for 336 yards and two scores. That stat line included a 14-yard reception on the game-winning drive against UCLA.

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