Darrin Walls Interview
By: Scott Porter
September 6, 2010
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your biggest strengths?
Darrin Walls: I would say my ability to run with receivers. My man to man coverage has improved a lot. I am quick and able to recognize formations and am good at reading the offense. My physical ability is really one of the biggest strengths I have on the field.

Scott Porter: What are your goals?
Darrin Walls: I don't set goals in stone, because a lot can change from one thing to the next. I want to go out there every week and play hard. I want to play long and to the best of my ability day in and day out. I just want my entire team to play well, for me to play as hard as I can and to win every game I play in.

Scott Porter: What NFL player most reminds you of yourself?
Darrin Walls: I try to mimic my game after Charles Woodson. He has always been a favorite of mine and I learn a lot from watching him.

Scott Porter: What is the hardest part about playing football?
Darrin Walls: Playing the ball is very tough. Reacting to plays as they develop. I am usually in man to man coverage so I am expected not to make any mistakes or else I could be giving up a big play. Cornerbacks are always on an island, one on one, one mistake and it could cost your team big time.

Scott Porter: Who has been your biggest influence?
Darrin Walls: I have had a few. My father has always been there for me, pushing me and encouraging me. Our DB coach at Notre Dame, Shane Walton, a former player at Notre Dame. He has been a great mentor for me. I work with him and have learned a lot from him. He played the game so it is nice to see it from his perspective. He has worked with me a lot and I have learned so much from him.

Scott Porter: What are your hobbies off the field?
Darrin Walls: I just pretty much chill. I don't do much off the field. I play a lot of NCAA and Madden for PlayStation, watch a lot of TV and just relax when I can away from the field.

Scott Porter: What is your favorite memory while at Notre Dame?
Darrin Walls: I would have to go with two memories that really stick out. Playing at Penn State (my home state) my sophomore year, I had an interception and ran it back for a touchdown. I would also have to say our comeback win vs. Michigan State. We were down by 17 and won it at the end of the game, it was an awesome comeback.

Scott Porter: What will you miss most about college football?
Darrin Walls: The closeness I had with my teammates. I've been playing with these guys for a long time. I have built a lot of personal relationships. I made so many friends and I will miss hanging out with them. I will miss talking to my teammates, that won't be available to me when I am gone. Notre Dame is such a great place, and such a great campus. I will miss that, as well as the coaches. I will miss all of that a lot.

Scott Porter: Did you have a favorite team and player growing up?
Darrin Walls: Well, I was a Florida Gators fan growing up. My team was called the Gators as a kid so they became my favorite team. Until I became a player at Notre Dame, of course. My NFL team has always been the Steelers. My favorite players are Charles Woodson and Troy Polamaulu.

Scott Porter: Can you describe your style of play?
Darrin Walls: I am a cover cornerback. Most cover cornerbacks do not get credit for their tackling ability but I have become a much better tackler. I strive to be the do-it-all cornerback in every aspect; to be a great cornerback. I am trying to work hard to be as complete of a corner as I can.

(October 14, GBNReport.com) -- Top TE prospect done for year ... Notre Dame junior TE Kyle Rudolph, easily the leading prospect at the position for the 2011 draft, will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn hamstring in Saturday's win over Pittsburgh. Rudolph will require surgery. On the year, the 6-5, 265-pound Rudolph had 28 catches for 328 yards and three TDs.

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