Quick Hits from Brian Kelly's Wake Forest Week press conference
Three wins to go.
Before No. 6 Notre Dame (8-1) can meet Stanford on Nov. 28, however, it has to put away Wake Forest on Saturday. And before it could do that, head coach Brian Kelly met the media on Tuesday.
Here are the key points from the sixth-year head coach's weekly press conference.
• Kelly made news on the injury front on Tuesday, affirming that running back C.J. Prosise (upper body) is continuing to move through the concussion protocol in hopes of playing on Saturday. Kelly said the staff will likely know by Wednesday whether Prosise will play. Right tackle Mike McGlinchey, who sprained his ankle against Pittsburgh, will play against Wake Forest.
Graduate student safety Avery Sebastian, who was injured in the season opener against Texas, was cleared for physical activity on Monday and will practice on Tuesday, Kelly said. Sebastian will only be used, however, if he is needed to help the team win. That means, basically, that Kelly would opt not to use him simply as another body on kickoff or punt team coverage. Sebastian is eligible for a sixth season of eligibility, and the staff won't tarnish that unless there's a viable reason.
He also added that senior nose tackle Jarron Jones, who tore his MCL during fall camp, is potentially four to six weeks away from returning to action and could contribute in the postseason for the Irish.
• Kelly expounded on how the confidence and expectations for sophomore quarterback DeShone Kizer have grown, saying, "When we put him in the game (against Virginia), we were just hoping he knew the play." Kizer has since passed for 1,931 yards with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions, while also rushing for 308 yards and six scores.
The Irish coach later added, "You can envision him being your quarterback in the national championship game."
• The reason junior wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. was chosen to play nickelback instead of some of the team's existing defensive players (Nick Coleman, Nick Watkins, Matthias Farley, Ashton White), Kelly said, was to refrain from taking away reps from those defensive players at their respective positions. Hunter had impressed as the jammer in the team's kick coverage, and those special teams reps were simply transitioned to the defensive side of the ball.