It was, of course, the expected comment. But then Kirelawich continued.
"He's an awfully good player," said the coach of Irvin. "He needs an awfully good senior year. The NFL wants you to show them. And show them again. So he has to go out and pull a 'show me.' He has to play within himself.
"But he has all the tools. He has what it takes to be a good NFL player and, certainly, a good collegiate player."
Kirelawich even took his praise a step beyond.
"Bruce has a great personality," said the coach. "He's a team player. And he's starting to fit into a leadership role. It's hard to find much wrong with him. He's a bright kid and picks up defenses fast."
It's a nice snapshot of Irvin, a player squarely in the picture to be selected in the first couple rounds of next season's NFL draft.
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