Quick Hits: Brian Kelly's Temple Week press conference

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Welcome back.

After a much-needed week away from the physical brutality of college football Saturdays, No. 9 Notre Dame returns to action this Saturday with a surprisingly intriguing match up at No. 21 Temple.

But before the Irish depart for Philadelphia, and another collision with College GameDay, head coach Brian Kelly met with the media on Tuesday.

Here are the key points from Kelly's address. 

— Graduate student safety Avery Sebastian, who broke a bone in his foot in the season opener against Texas, could still be two to three weeks away from playing, Kelly said. Sebastian's bone growth has been slower than expected. If he doesn't begin to show significant progress in the next few weeks, the coaching staff could decide to shut Sebastian down, given that he's eligible for a sixth season of eligibility.

— Of the free safety rotation between Max Redfield and Matthias Farley, Kelly said, "What I want and what we have are two different things." Both players have played in recent weeks and they are listed as even on the team's depth chart going into the Temple game.

— Middle linebacker and team captain Joe Schmidt still has the full confidence of Kelly and his staff. "Joe has been a cleanup hitter for us. We don't want to take him out of the lineup," Kelly said. The sixth-year head coach added that sophomore middle linebacker Nyles Morgan has played very well in limited time and has been very patient behind Schmidt.

— When asked which of his players could potentially jump to the NFL, Kelly said that he hasn't had much time to ponder the question, especially considering this weekend's opponent. "I've been worrying about this darn Temple team. They're driving me crazy."

— Senior running back C.J. Prosise wore a red no-contact jersey in the practice week leading up to the USC game, the first time Kelly has opted for a running back to do that in his 25 years of coaching. He didn't want that information to get out, but it slipped into last week's episode of "A Season with Notre Dame." Kelly joked, "That darn Showtime...we're going to HBO."

— Kelly said that, given the mental and physical grind of being the starting quarterback at Notre Dame, redshirt freshman DeShone Kizer was "running on fumes" prior to the bye week. Kizer has showed an added pep in his staff with a week to recharge.

— Kelly listed wide receiver Miles Boykin, cornerback Ashton White and safety Mykelti Williams as freshmen who have not played this season but should develop into consistent contributors in the future.

Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly puts his arm around Cole Luke (36) after the Fighting Irish's win over Navy, Saturday, October 10, 2015, in South Bend. SBT Photo/ BECKY MALEWITZ