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

Quick Hits

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Life goes on, as does Brian Kelly's weekly press conference.

Less than two days after falling in overtime at Texas, the seventh-year Notre Dame head coach met the media on Tuesday and previewed Saturday's home opener against Nevada.

Here are the highlights from Kelly's address.

-- Notre Dame senior wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. is currently in the program's concussion protocol, Kelly said. There's no set timeline for Hunter's return. Hunter was injured on a pass in the end zone on Sunday night where a Longhorn defender's helmet collided with Hunter's. if Hunter can't play, Kelly said, the next players in line to contribute at the X wide receiver position are Corey Holmes, Kevin Stepherson and Javon Mckinley.

-- A decision has not been made on who will be Notre Dame's starting quarterback against Nevada, Kelly said. The seventh-year Irish head coach added that the staff will make a decision on who will start this week, though he didn't say there will only be one quarterback playing on Saturday.

-- Though Ashton White, Dexter Williams, Te'von Coney and Kevin Stepherson played against Texas on Sunday, Kelly was unsure when Notre Dame's disciplinary arm will rule on their immediate future. "They'll handle the matters in the time frame that they see fit," Kelly said.

-- After making an impressive debut against Texas, freshman free safety Devin Studstill will see more reps against Nevada. "You'll see a lot more of him on Saturday," Kelly said.

-- Kelly said that defensive end Jay Hayes did not play against Texas because he is not 100 percent healthy and the staff was worried about the 6-foot-3, 285-pound junior getting on and off the field against the Longhorn offense's tempo.

-- Kelly remained confident on Tuesday that his young defense will continue to improve. "I think it's just a matter of they need more time and they're going to get better each and every week," Kelly said. The head coach emphasized that they need to tailor the defense to allow their best players to be successful.

-- Is defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder Notre Dame's long term answer? "Absolutely," Kelly said. He also asked for patience, adding, "If we're 10 games into this and we're giving up 50 points a game, I'll have to answer your questions."

-- How did senior running back Tarean Folston play in his first game back from a torn ACL?  "I thought he did a great job. He's just really slow," Kelly joked. "He got caught by a linebacker." Kelly was referring to Folston's 54-yard run in the first quarter, the longest run in his career.

Brian Kelly addresses the media after the Notre Dame football practice. (Tribune File Photo/MICHAEL CATERINA)