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

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame returned to the practice field on Saturday, and Brian Kelly returned to the podium.

Here's a quick rundown of the head coach's key points from his session with the media.

  • Senior nose tackle Jarron Jones will miss the 2015 season with a right MCL knee injury, Kelly confirmed. He is scheduled to have surgery next week. Jones injured the knee in Friday's practice and sat through Saturday's practice in street clothes, wearing a brace on his right knee. A 6-foot-6, 315-pound senior, Jones started 11 games last season and made 40 tackles with 7.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. In his absence, freshman Jerry Tillery is expected to start.
  • In other injury news, senior running back C.J. Prosise has a hip flexor injury and will miss roughly 10 days. In his absence, senior Josh Anderson took some first team reps to keep pressure off of junior Tarean Folston.  Freshman linebacker Josh Barajas has a grade-two hamstring injury and will have to sit for two weeks.
  • Kelly laid out a laundry list of freshmen who could contribute immediately this season, including wide receivers C.J. Sanders and Equanimeous St. Brown, tight end Alize Jones, cornerbacks Shaun Crawford and Nick Coleman and kicker Justin Yoon. Sanders' ability to cut while moving full speed, Kelly added, is something the team hasn't had in the past.
  • Both quarterbacks DeShone Kizer and Brandon Wimbush were live to be tackled on Saturday. Kelly said the main reason for that was to see how the two competing quarterbacks handled the running game. "Those two kids in particular, I wanted to see them on the perimeter in our zone read option," Kelly said.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, right, and defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder during Notre Dame Football Practice on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, at Notre Dame in South Bend. SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN