Quick Hits: Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly's Thursday press conference

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Brian Kelly returned to the podium on Thursday, meeting with the media nearly a week after Notre Dame kicked off its 2015 training camp.

And as always, ND Insider was there.

Below is a rundown of Kelly's key points.

  • During practice, the Notre Dame football Twitter account tweeted that senior walk-on running back Josh Anderson has earned a scholarship.
  • Kelly ran through a few injuries, though none were deemed serious. Freshman tight end Alize Jones has a neck injury and should return to the field in a couple days. Freshman linebacker Te'von Coney was also poked in the eye recently and will be out a couple days as well.
  • It may come as a surprise to very few, but Kelly called junior linebacker Jaylon Smith's performance thus far in training camp "remarkable." Smith led the Irish with 112 tackles last season and will look to build on that in the fall.
  • Notre Dame's coaching staff expected Durham Smythe and Alize Jones to compete for reps at the tight end position, but sophomore Nic Weishar has also come on strong at that position. "He has put himself right in the mix to play a lot for us," Kelly said.
  • Kelly said that the defensive line has improved from the spring, and specifically touted junior defensive end Isaac Rochell as a "beast" on one side.
  • There was little finality on the eligibility situations for senior cornerback KeiVarae Russell and defensive end Ishaq Williams on Thursday. Kelly said that Russell's process is moving in the right direction, but there was little to report on Williams' front.
  • Showtime's cameras filmed Thursday's press conference, and Kelly explained the university's reasoning behind agreeing to the 12-episode deal. "The cons are a distraction...Most of these guys at Showtime don't shower," Kelly joked. He later acknowledged that the show should be a premier recruiting tool. "We're going to talk a lot about why 17-year-olds should come to Notre Dame."
  • Kelly was extremely complimentary of both freshman placekicker Justin Yoon and sophomore punter Tyler Newsome.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly runs practice at Culver Academies, Friday, August 7, 2015 in Culver. SBT Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ