‘‘I felt a sense of peace knowing that so many people cared about Manti instead of No. 5,’’ he said.
He was able to get home for his grandmother’s funeral during the bye week and said he feels rejuvenated as the Irish prepare to play Miami (4-1) Saturday in Chicago.
‘‘I've never felt so strong; spiritually strong,’’ he said. ‘‘I could never thank the student body and the fans around the world for their all love and all their prayers and support. I truly felt all of that, and it’s helped me to get past, help me get through these past three weeks and I'm truly grateful and I'm truly humbled.’’