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Tuesday Chat with Brian Kelly – Syracuse Week

-SSG Shamrock

Brian Kelly met with the media today to discuss this weekend’s contest with the Syracuse Orangemen as well provide some new information on the ongoing academic investigation. Down the Tunnel was there and has all the pertinent information from Coach Kelly’s weekly press conference.

Key Information 

  • On the weekly depth chart release there was a significant shake up on the offensive line. The revamped offensive line has Ronnie Stanley at LT, Nick Martin at LG, Matt Hegarty at Center, Steve Elmer at RG, and Christian Lombard at RT. Coach Kelly did make sure to note that this may not be the exact offensive line that starts on Saturday and that Connor Hanratty and Mike McGlinchey will also receive first team reps this week.
  • Amir Carlise is OUT this week against Syracuse and is should be seen as questionable for next week against Stanford. Coach Kelly said that Carlise has been responding well to his PRP treatments and will start moving him around at the end of the week.
  • Torii Hunter is slated to make his Notre Dame debut this weekend and will get work with CJ Prosise in the slot.
  • Austin Collinsworth will be back in the lineup this weekend after missing the first three games with an MCL sprain.
  • Brian Kelly said that he was informed last Friday that the academic committee had been official formed and that if all goes well the hearings should be concluded by the end of NEXT week. Kelly also made it clear he was not a spokesman of the administration and that when a student is notified of a violation, only the student is notified and not the parents.
  • Coach Kelly stated that there is still not a “go to number one” running back in the backfield. Greg Bryant has been doing a very good job of understanding schemes but he has to unseat two players in Tarean Folston and Cam McDaniel that have played a lot of football game. Bryant has only played in three college games and still has work to do.
  • Kelly talked about the ACC conference alignment and how the main factors that went into the decision was ensuring high quality bowl tie-ins as well as a conference that made geographic sense for Notre Dame.
  • Kelly said that Malik Zaire is getting 60% of the reps in practice on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 40% of the reps on Thursday. The amount of reps that Zaire gets just shows how confident the staff is in Golson as the quarterback. Kelly said there is no temptation to play Zaire at all.
  • Kelly gave credit to Paul Longo and Brian VanGorder for having so many freshman ready to play and contribute on the defensive side of the ball. Kelly also said they knew before the season that the staff knew they were going to have to play freshman but they didn’t know exactly who would emerge.

Check back all week long for all your Notre Dame coverage of this weekends matchup against Syracuse and dont forget to tune into the first broadcast of the Down the Tunnel Radio show on Thursday night. We will be taking your calls live!

Brian Kelly opens Fall Camp with Season Opening Presser

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-Sgt. Shamrock

Brian Kelly officially kicked off the 2014 Notre Dame Football campaign today with his annual pre-camp Press Conference. While a good bit of the presser was full of coach speak (are you really surprised) there was actually a lot of information provided about the 2014 football squad.

News and Notes:

  • Notre Dame will have its media day on August 19th. I do believe that is also when the normal game jerseys as well as the Shamrock Series uniforms will be revealed
  • No Captains were named However BK did say that he has an idea who the leaders are and that in most cases with this squad the leaders are also the best players
  • Jared Grace is recovering very well from his broken leg suffered last season. He is running and the coaching staff is optimistic that he will be available for the season opener.  
  • Mike Heuerman had another hernia and had to have surgery. He will be out of action for about a month. Unsure if he will be available for the season opener but I would venture to guess he will be a few games getting back into shape.
  • Tony Springman suffered a setback with his back and will be placed on medical scholarship. His playing career at Notre Dame in done. BK says he will start participate in team activities 
  • Nick Martin and Ben Councel have recovered remarkably well from their injuries suffered last season and have really set the bar on how to return from injury
  • Fall camp with begin at Culver Academy on Monday. They have two fields side by side and provide many chances for team building 
  • BK mentioned that freshman Daniel Cage and Pete Moukwah are in the best position right now to back up Jarron Jones at the Nose Tackle
  • BK will announce a starting QB as soon as he feels that either Golson or Zaire show to him that he is “the guy”
  • Davaris Daniels has shown an improvement in leadership but consistency has always been his issue. BK looking for an improvement in that this season
  • Cody Riggs is fitting in with the team very well since he has transferred to ND from Florida. BK said that when he arrived on campus he was a bit out of shape but he is all caught up now
  • Sheldon Day and Chris Brown have been great leaders during the summer
  • BK believes that Folston, Bryant, and McDaniel will all contribute to the offense this season
  • BK REALLY REALLY likes freshman Durham Smythe. He raved about his strength and competitiveness on multiple occasions and said its going to be really fun to watch him play. Expect to see plenty of him as well as Tyler Luatua on the field this season. Luatua is up to 260 pounds and also received praise from BK.