Quick Hits: Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly's Miami Week press conference
Bye-bye, bye week.
After a much-needed break, Notre Dame is back to work, as the 2-5 Irish host Miami (4-3) on Saturday. But before they can do that, seventh-year Irish head coach Brian Kelly met the media for his weekly press conference on Tuesday.
Here are the highlights from Kelly's address.
• Kelly said that he did a "little bit of recruiting" during the bye week, but most of the week was spent at Notre Dame, focusing on improving the current team.
• Senior cornerback Devin Butler remains indefinitely suspended, Kelly said on Tuesday.
• Kelly addressed junior quarterback DeShone Kizer's recent interception troubles. "I think it's a combination of pressing a little bit, wanting to make some plays," Kelly said. The seventh-year Irish head coach divided blame between Kizer, the wide receivers and offensive line and the coaching staff.
• Notre Dame has been "wildly inconsistent" in many areas on offense, Kelly said. He specifically cited the team's struggles in the run game as well as in converting on third down.
• Kelly discussed how junior middle linebacker Nyles Morgan, who leads the team with 58 tackles, has changed in his years in South Bend. "He's not afraid to hold his teammates accountable," Kelly said. "He's tough. He's committed. He loves to play the game. If there's one thing that's changed, his presence is felt every day on the practice field and in meetings."
• Kelly was asked if sophomore running back Josh Adams has been healthy throughout the season. "I think it's fair to say that he hasn't been at the level that he wants to be," Kelly said. He added that it would be "less than honest" to say that Adams has been 100 percent healthy. Adams has rushed for 416 yards, 4.7 yards per carry and one touchdown through seven games.
• Kelly, on Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya: "He's a guy that likes to push the ball down the field. His numbers speak for themselves. He's a veteran quarterback." "An experienced quarterback in college football? That's hard to find."
• Kelly said that he was disappointed that there was enough criticism surrounding his job performance that athletics director Jack Swarbrick had to reassure the media last week that he would be the Notre Dame head coach for the opening game in 2017. "I was disappointed, actually," Kelly said. "Any time your athletics director has to come out and say that, you're disappointed that the comments have to be made."