Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist said he is 100 percent healthy and has been getting progressively better since taking a hit that knocked him out for most of the first half in a 28-24 loss to Michigan on Saturday.
Crist hit his head on the ground and was also hit by a helmet on a long run during the first drive against Michigan.
He was able to complete the drive that ended with a touchdown, but after he was checked on the sideline, Crist was kept out of the game until the second half.
"There was nothing that I thought would ever be able to take me out by my own will. I would never take myself out of competition," Crist said Wednesday. "But it was something the trainers identified and wanted to take care of. One thing I didn't want to go in and hurt the team by not being able to perform. If it was up to me, I would have wanted to be out there the entire time. It was just something that they wanted to stop and make sure was taken care of."
Crist said he suffered a concussion in high school, but he didn't feel any similarities to that and what happened Saturday.
Crist said his vision became so blurry after the hit that he couldn't see out of his right eye. But the effects that kept him on the sideline didn't surface until he was off the field and coach Brian Kelly asked the quarterback about his conversation with offensive coordinator Charley Molnar on the phone.
Crist said Kelly as him if what Molnar was saying to him was going too quickly and if he understood what the offensive coordinator was saying.
"During that drive after I initially took the hit, I tried to shake it off and just thought it was just getting hit and dazed a little bit," Crist said. "Then physically I could not see, and after that, I just pushed through it and tried to the finish drive. When everything was done it all kind of hit me, and that's when the trainers identified it and wanted to pull me off for a second."
Backup quarterbacks Tommy Rees and Nate Montana struggled to run the offense when they went in for Crist and Michigan built a 21-7 halftime lead.
Crist said he wanted to help Rees and Montana when they were playing, but he couldn't at first as the training staff ran tests and kept checking on his condition.
"When I could offer support and council to those guys, I did it," Crist said. "Obviously, I wish I could have done more and help them in any ways that I could. It was a crazy situation, and one that hopefully, we never have to repeat."
Going into Saturday's road game at Michigan State, Crist said he will not worry about a repeat of a head injury.
"You can't go out and play and think about the next time you take a hit or injuries," Crist said. "Any player can tell you that's part of the game. As soon as you start thinking about those things, that's what ends up happening. Really you just got to go out there and play and execute what you are asked to do."