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

Quick Hits

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

The Irish found a new place to practice on Friday.

Notre Dame Stadium.

Brian Kelly's team went through drills in front of assorted media and family members on Friday afternoon, and the head coach took some time to address the media after practice concluded.

Here are the key points from Kelly's press conference.

  • Two freshmen, wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown and and tight end Alize Jones, will be very difficult to keep off the field this season, Kelly said. Both freshmen were dynamic in Friday's practice, burning defensive backs for long plays in 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 drills.
  • Kelly noted that offensive coordinator Mike Sanford will operate from the booth on game days, though he didn't specify if a decision has been made on who will call the offensive plays.
  • In the wake of freshman cornerback Shaun Crawford's season-ending ACL tear, Kelly said that senior KeiVarae Russell will be used as the nickelback in specific situations. Junior Devin Butler, who has had a very productive camp, is currently the team's No. 3 cornerback and may also be used in that capacity.
  • Sophomore DeShone Kizer is "moving in that direction" towards solidifying the No. 2 quarterback job, ahead of freshman Brandon Wimbush, Kelly said.
  • Junior wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr., who has been one of the team's top playmakers throughout fall camp, will be used in more than just the slot position this season. "Torii's got to get on the field," Kelly said.

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