Brian Kelly, Notre Dame 'excited about the opportunity'

Bob Wieneke
South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND -- For the first 90 seconds or so of Brian Kelly's Tuesday press conference, the Notre Dame football coach looked back at last week's victory over North Carolina.

The talk this week, though, is about defending national champion and second-ranked Florida State.

"We're excited about the opportunity," Kelly said Tuesday.

Earlier Tuesday, the father of wide receiver DaVaris Daniels said that his son is "done at Notre Dame." Kelly later said that defensive end Ishaq Williams will not play this season but would like to return for a fifth year in 2015. Late last week, junior cornerback KeiVarae Russell wrote on Instagram that he will be out all season but will return in 2015.

The challenge this week, though, is Florida State, which like fifth-ranked Notre Dame, enters at 6-0.

The Seminoles are led by reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, but Kelly's first detailed evaluation came about FSU's veteran offensive line.

"I think that's probably what really stands out to me," Kelly said.

The Irish will be playing their first true road game of the season, their two games away from home coming in neutral-site games against Purdue and Syracuse.

"Playing at their place will be a tremendous challenge," Kelly said. "You've got to play your very best to beat the very best."

Kelly also said that senior safety Austin Collinsworth, who suffered a dislocated left shoulder in last Saturday's win, had his MRI changed from Sunday to Tuesday afternoon. Kelly on Sunday said that Collinsworth will not play agaisnt FSU.

Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly answers a question during a press conference on Oct. 7, 2014. Kelly said today the Irish are focused on this week's game against Florida State. (AP File Photo/Joe Raymond)