Quick Hits from Brian Kelly's Boston College Week press conference

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Tuesdays have become nearly as interesting as Saturdays at Notre Dame.

That's because, on Tuesday night, the 9-1 Irish will again learn their current standing in the College Football Playoff rankings, where they currently sit fourth with two games remaining.

Until then, though, readers will have to settle for highlights from head coach Brian Kelly's weekly press conference to bide the time.

• Kelly said the "field conditions shouldn't be an issue" inside Fenway Park on Saturday. He did note, as Boston College coach Steve Addazio did on Monday, that both teams will share a sideline on Monday, and the Irish have been practicing to become comfortable with that.

• The ascension of junior wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. may be as much due to the coaching staff as the player, Kelly said. The head coach said that "us recognizing that he needed to get those touches" was critical, and the extra touches have allowed him to succeed.

• There isn't one particular defensive player for Boston College that Notre Dame can focus on attacking, Kelly said. Because the Eagles are so balanced along the defensive, Kelly said the emphasis will be placed on attacking the weaknesses in Boston College's defensive scheme. Boston College ranks first nationally in total defense.

• The loss of junior linebacker James Onwualu (sprained MCL) is significant, and not one that can be easily fixed. "He was playing his best football," Kelly said. Greer Martini will start in Onwualu's place against Boston College.

• Kelly said that running back Tarean Folston, safety Drue Tranquill and tight end Durham Smythe are all progressing nicely from perceived season-ending injuries. Smythe, in fact, may be available if Notre Dame reaches the College Football Playoff.

When asked if he feels confident that Folston will return next season, Kelly said, "He has not indicated to me that he will not be back."

• Elsewhere on the injury front, running back C.J. Prosise and tight end Nic Weishar (concussions) will practice on Tuesday. Nose tackle Daniel Cage (concussion) has not yet been cleared too practice.

Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly,Brian VanGorder and Keith Gilmore coach on the sidelines, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in South Bend. SBT Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ