Quick Hits: Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly's Georgia Week press conference
It's Georgia Week.
Can you feel it?
Before Notre Dame meets the SEC standout for just the second time in program history, eighth-year Irish head coach Brian Kelly met the media for his weekly press conference on Tuesday.
Here are some of the highlights from Kelly's address.
-- Kelly called Georgia running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel "two guys that will be NFL players and have great careers." He also said that true freshman quarterback Jake Fromm, who will start on Saturday, "has a presence about him and is very comfortable running the Georgia offense."
-- Kelly pinpointed nine different Georgia defensive players that he and his staff would classify as "very good players." There were two words he kept coming back to to describe the Bulldog defense: depth and versatility.
-- Kelly, on scheduling Georgia: "This is the great part of being an independent football team. You get these kind of games."
-- Notre Dame transfer safety Alohi Gilman's NCAA appeal for immediate eligibility has been denied, per Kelly. He will have to sit out this season but will be eligible in 2018.
-- Junior defensive tackle Micah Dew-Treadway, who did not play against Temple with an injury, will practice today, per Kelly. Kelly also said that tight end Durham Smythe, who has been going through the concussion protocol, is progressing "quite well" and may be set for full contact on Wednesday.
-- Kelly said that he didn't recruit Fromm to Notre Dame, but he still studied him during the recruiting process and Fromm reminds him a lot of Irish sophomore Ian Book. "He has that 'it' as a quarterback," Kelly said.
-- Kelly addressed the impending matchup between Notre Dame's strength (offensive line and running game) and Georgia's strength (defensive front seven). "Somebody's going to come out on top," Kelly said.
-- Two areas Kelly highlighted where Notre Dame can improve against Georgia: tackling and achieving greater gains on first down.
-- First-time contributors that impressed Kelly against Temple: quarterback Brandon Wimbush, freshman defensive tackle Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, safety Isaiah Robertson on special teams, running back Tony Jones Jr. and nose tackle Kurt Hinish.
-- Kelly praised junior linebacker Te'von Coney's mental traits, which have grown to match his physical talents. "He is a locked-in football player," Kelly said.
-- Kelly addressed whether he's focused on recruiting purely dual threat quarterbacks. He dismissed that notion. "He's got to be accurate," Kelly said. "He's got to be able to make the throws, but he's also got to be able to run your offense." Kelly added that his quarterback also must have mobility and escapability, but he doesn't have to run for 150 yards per game.