Quick Hits: Brian Kelly's fall camp primer press conference

Quick Hits

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Ladies and gentlemen, fall camp has arrived.

Finally. Mercifully. Just in the nick of time.

Before Notre Dame took the field for its first fall practice at Culver Academies on Saturday, seventh-year head coach Brian Kelly met the media for a press conference on Friday morning.

Here are the highlights from Kelly's season-opening address.

• Kelly said the program has made a "huge investment" in sports science, trying to find ways to cut back on injuries and develop players.

• In the receiving department, Kelly said senior wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. is going to have to play a "central role" in the offense. Kelly added that they may move Hunter around similar to the way they did with Michael Floyd. Kelly also highlighted sophomores C.J. Sanders and Equanimeous St. Brown and junior Corey Holmes as receivers that need to elevate their game.

• Kelly said he's "proud" of sophomore tight end Alize Jones for taking accountability for his shortcomings. Jones will miss the 2016 with an academic suspension, but posted a statement on social media apologizing for his actions.

• There is no timeline for naming a starting quarterback, Kelly said. The staff is focused on allowing both quarterbacks to thrive, something Kelly said senior Malik Zaire wasn't always allowed to do in the spring.

• Jarron Jones, Daniel Cage and Jerry Tillery should serve as the foundation for the interior of Notre Dame's offensive line, Kelly said. Sophomore Elijah Taylor's physical strength may also translate into playing time. Kelly said the team would like to have a 4-5 player rotation in the middle of the line.

• Kelly said that the team is committed to redshirting sophomore quarterback Brandon Wimbush. He'll compete for the starting job in 2017.

• Junior Nyles Morgan will be Notre Dame's starting middle linebacker in 2016, Kelly reiterated. The seventh-year head coach said that Morgan has earned the faith of defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.

• Defensive end Grant Blankenship is no longer on the team, Kelly said. The head coach added that it's his understanding that Blankenship is looking to transfer.

• Senior Hunter Bivin, sophomore Tristen Hoge and freshman Tommy Kraemer will get the first cracks at competing for the starting right guard position, Kelly said.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly looks on during the Notre Dame Blue-Gold Spring football game on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN