Quick Hits: Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly's Army Week press conference
It's Election Day in America.
It's also press conference day in South Bend. Seventh-year Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly met the media on Tuesday to preview Saturday's Shamrock Series game against Army.
Here are the highlights from Kelly's address.
-- Junior nose tackle Daniel Cage, who suffered a concussion against Miami and did not play against Navy, will get further evaluation this week, Kelly said. Safety Drue Tranquill and cornerback Julian Love, both of whom suffered concussions against Navy, will practice on Tuesday in a non-contact role and, if that goes well, will be cleared for contact on Wednesday.
-- Freshman wide receiver Chase Claypool had a hamstring injury last week and was limited against Navy, Kelly said.
-- Kelly said that, despite the fact that Notre Dame does not have a definite defensive coordinator for next season, their approach to recruiting defensive players has not changed. He also noted that players he brings into the program will have to be adept in playing in both 3-4 and 4-3 defensive schemes.
-- The focus against another option team, Kelly said, is getting off the field on third down defensively and scoring touchdowns, not field goals, in the red zone.
-- Kelly was asked how his team is handling so many losses in close games this season. "We're all going through a tough spot, but we're persevering," Kelly said. "It's not where anybody wants to be."
-- Kelly was asked why graduate student nose tackle Jarron Jones played just 12 snaps against Navy a week after making six tackles for loss against Miami. "We're going to play the guys that prepare to play the option," Kelly said. He did not elaborate on whether Jones was hesitant to play against a team that often uses cut blocks, considering he tore his MCL prior to the 2015 season.
-- Kelly was extremely impressed with freshman cornerback Julian Love, who played heavily against Navy before leaving with a concussion. “I don’t know if I’ve seen a true freshman play the triple-option as well as he did,” Kelly said.
-- After playing sparingly in his freshman season, sophomore quarterback Brandon Wimbush is taking a redshirt this fall. How's he handling it? "I think he's been a very good leader," Kelly said. "He cares about his teammates."