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

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Here we go again.

Notre Dame hosts Temple in its 2017 season opener on Saturday. But, before the Irish officially kick off another season, eighth-year head coach met the media on Tuesday.

Here are some highlights from Kelly's press conference.

-- "Our team is ready to play," Kelly declared. He added that there haven't been many press conferences where he'd feel comfortable already saying that.

-- Kelly acknowledged that Temple could play as many as four quarterbacks on Saturday, but said his defense can't afford to worry about that. "You really just have to be prepared for football," Kelly said.

-- Notre Dame sophomore transfer safety Aloha Gilman's request for immediate eligibility was denied by the NCAA, Kelly said. The program is deliberating on whether to appeal that decision.

-- Junior tight end Alize Mack, who suffered a mild hamstring injury earlier in camp, is "100 percent," per Kelly.

-- Kelly said that junior quarterback Brandon Wimbush'a ability to move past mistakes will allow for an easier transition to the starting role. "He's going to be able to handle things quite well," Kelly said.

-- Kelly offered praise for running backs Josh Adams, Dexter Williams and Tony Jones Jr. "They all have futures to play past this level," he sad. Kelly added that the three will play on a rotational basis, though Adams will certainly start. "It would surprise me if all three of them aren't actively involved in the game," he said.

-- More Kelly on Wimbush: "He's got a passion for the game, and he's got perseverance." Kelly added that he has grit, which has been a key word this preseason.

Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly held his first press conference of the 2017-2018 football season. Tribune Photo/SANTIAGO FLORES