Former Notre Dame CB: "We're Almost Where We Need To Be"

All-American Julian Love discussed his Notre Dame career, the loss to Clemson, and the NFL Combine, among other topics

Tiki and Tierney
February 26, 2019 - 6:11 pm

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NFL Draft prospect and All-American cornerback Julian Love dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Tuesday to discuss numerous topics, including the NFL Combine and his playing career at Notre Dame.

Love, 20, played three seasons for the Irish, helping them to the College Football Playoff as a junior.

“I think Notre Dame is a special school and a special place,” Love said on Tiki & Tierney. “It’s not for everyone for sure. You have to dominate the classroom as well as the field. I think that’s the plan. Excellence is kind of required. So it’s definitely special, the tradition is special, the campus is pretty cool – my time there was fun. I dreamed of going there since I was a kid, so everything about it, I loved.”

Notre Dame started the season 12-0 before losing to Clemson, 30-3, in the College Football Playoff. It was a 3-3 game after the first quarter and 9-3 with less than two minutes to go in the first half, but then the floodgates opened. Clemson scored on touchdown plays of 52, 42 and 62 yards, leading to a lopsided final score.

“It was tough,” Love said. “I felt like every call – I think there were maybe four or five total calls that were reviewed, and they all went Clemson’s way. It’s a game of inches. That was tough. I thought we did well defensively. We watched it again, and it was close for most of that first half. Then a few big plays really made the score that way.”

After the game, many college football fans took to social media to mock the Irish for their loss.

“It’s funny,” Love said. “The narrative was, ‘Notre Dame didn’t deserve to be there. They’re still not where they want to be.’ But then the storyline after the championship game is, ‘Clemson is that good.’ Which is tough.”

Clemson beat Alabama, 44-16, in the national championship, ending the game with 30 unanswered points.

“I think it shows that we’re almost where we want to be,” Love said. “This year, we finally got to 12-0, we got a taste of what the new era of the championship was, and going forward, I think we build on it. We got a taste of it, and now we’ve got to build on it.”

As for the NFL, Love is getting first-round love from several draft experts. A strong showing at the Combine would go a long way toward making that hypothetical a reality. 

“I don’t think it’s intimidating,” Love said of the Combine. “I think the worst part is that you’re just waiting a long time to finally go to Indianapolis fir a couple days to compete. I think the waiting, thinking about it – as opposed to actually doing it – is the toughest part, especially for me.”