John Heisler | October 12, 2018
It's a bird.
It's a plane.
It's … Tilleryman?
Well, that was Pittsburgh football coach Pat Narduzzi's assessment this week of Notre Dame senior defensive lineman Jerry Tillery. Without question he meant it as a compliment.
"They've got some creatures out there," said Narduzzi.
"The Tillery kid is 6-foot-7, 305 pounds. He's a monster.
"They should probably name a new cartoon after that guy.
"You've got Superman? They've got 'Tilleryman.'
"That guy, he's a beast."
So, that's apparently what happens when Irish coach Brian Kelly and his team combine to knock off three ranked opponents (Michigan, Stanford, Virginia Tech) in the first six weeks of the season. Only five other Irish teams in history have done that.
Wherever the Irish stood coming into the 2018 season, they certainly stand prominently on the radar now halfway through their regular-season slate.
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