Notre Dame football: Kelly pleased with first day of practice

Tribune Staff Report
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MARION, Ind. - A roughly two-hour practice in shorts and helmets was recapped by Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly on, ND’s athletics website, after the Irish opened fall camp Monday at the Shiloh Park Camp Retreat and Conference Center.

“Good first day. Our guys know how to practice,” Kelly said in the video interview. “We’re four years into this. I’d be a little bit disappointed if I was standing here talking to you and we were having to talk about things that we did three years ago. Good first practice; laid the groundwork for a lot of good things to come over the next few days.”

Kelly was asked if any players jumped out to him during the first practice and pointed out a trio of freshmen: running back Greg Bryant, wide receiver Will Fuller and cornerback Cole Luke. He also named senior wide re-ceiver Luke Massa and sophomore running back Will Mahone as players who performed well.

“I could go on and on. I think the point is you look around and there’s a lot of talented players and there’s a lot more depth than we’ve had at any time since I’ve been at Notre Dame,” Kelly said.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly held his first off-site practice Monday in Marion, Ind. South Bend Tribune File Photo/GREG SWIERZ