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

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Brian Kelly has a few issues to address.

Following Notre Dame's practice on Wednesday, the seventh-year Irish head coach met the media for the first time since six of his players were arrested in two separate incidents last weekend.

Here are the highlights from Kelly's press conference.

  • A few minutes prior to the beginning of the press conference, Notre Dame announced via its official Twitter account that offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey, linebacker James Onwualu, defensive end Isaac Rochell and wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. will be the team's captains for the 2016 season. "They have the experience of understanding what it takes on a day-to-day basis to bring others along with them," Kelly said. "These guys have been in the battles. They've maneuvered through them."
  • Kelly declined to share what he told his team following last weekend's arrest. "What we talk about stays amongst the team," Kelly said.
  • Four players who were arrested last weekend -- cornerback Ashton White, wide receiver Kevin Stepherson, running back Dexter Williams and linebacker Te'von Coney -- are currently practicing with the team, Kelly confirmed.
  • When asked what he felt after hearing about the arrests last weekend, Kelly said that he was disappointed, embarrassed and "mad as hell."
  • Behind freshman Devin Studstill at free safety, Kelly mentioned Avery Sebastian, Jalen Elliott and Nicco Fertitta as players who could potentially crack the rotation.
  • "You have to be prepared as a college coach, unfortunately, to deal with some poor decisions," Kelly said. The seventh-year Irish head coach mentioned that he's unfortunately become experienced in dealing with similar situations.
  • Notre Dame senior right guard Colin McGovern will start ahead of sophomore Tristen Hoge, Kelly said. The two had been competing throughout the spring and fall.
  • Kelly has not made a decision on who will start against Texas at quarterback between senior Malik Zaire and junior DeShone Kizer, he said.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly during practice on Notre Dame Football Media Day Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, at LaBar Practice Field on the Notre Dame campus in South Bend. Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN