Irvin was speaking in the moments following West Virginia's 31-17 win over Maryland Saturday. He and the rest of the Mountaineer defense did more than put the pedal to the metal. They put it on the throat of Maryland's quarterbacks, sacking Jamarr Robinson seven times and Dan O'Brien once.
So much for the whispers.
"We heard it,'' Irvin said. "But we never got down on ourselves because we knew what we could do. I hope we showed it. ... Their offensive line was confused. After we got that first one, it was all downhill after that.''
The performance was particularly sweet for Irvin because despite the fact that he is the new guy in the West Virginia defense, he was the one who was supposed to make the difference in the pass rush. He was so hyped during the preseason - during which he had sacks on two of the first three plays he was on the field in the team's first scrimmage - that it was hard to tell if perhaps he wasn't the second coming of Freeney.
And then he was shut out. It was as if he was a legendary home run hitter who went 0-for-5 in his first two games.
His performance against Maryland took care of all of that. He had three sacks and hit Robinson's arm on his release on another to cause an incompletion. On Monday, the Big East named him the league's defensive player of the week.
"You can never let it go to your head,'' Irvin said. "Last week I read in the paper, people were talking about, 'So much for the impact junior college player, Bruce Irvin.' Now this week I'm a fan favorite. So you can never get too high or too low. You've got to stay level. The last play is over. It's time to go forward.''
Whether Irvin will continue that kind of play this week is, of course, unknown. Even he sent out a word of caution.
"Maryland's behind us,'' Irvin said. "Of course, LSU's going to see this film and they're going to make adjustments. We've just got to keep the tempo up at practice and we've got to start fast. It's going to be interesting.''
Even more interesting personally for Irvin because when he's not on the field, his friend Kelvin Sheppard will be.
"He was talking junk to me because we almost lost [at Marshall],'' Irvin said. "I expected it, though. As soon as I got in the locker room, I saw the text [message]. I already knew he was going to text me.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.