Quick Hits: Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly's Boston College Week press conference
Another press conference.
On Tuesday, before Notre Dame heads east to meet Boston College on Saturday afternoon, eighth-year Irish head coach Brian Kelly met the media.
Here are the highlights from Kelly's weekly address.
-- Kelly called Boston College defensive end Harold Landry "one of the best defensive players in the country. Very disruptive."
-- Kelly's biggest point of emphasis for quarterback Brandon Wimbush going into his third start is "game recognition": trusting his teaching and being decisive. "I think he learned a lot in that game," Kelly said. "I think it will be a springboard for him."
-- Notre Dame slot wide receiver Freddy Canteen has a shoulder injury and is doubtful for the Boston College game, Kelly said. Chris Finke is slated as the team's starting slot receiver this week.
-- Why has senior Jay Hayes found a fit at the base defensive end position? "We felt like he could control the line of scrimmage at that point," Kelly said.
-- Kelly was asked if the Georgia loss resembled Notre Dame's seven one-score losses in 2016. "I really like our team. I think it's a totally different scenario," Kelly said. He added that he could sense his team's fight on the sideline on Saturday. "It's just a different team."
-- Kelly said the team's offensive play calling could have affected the result against Georgia. "We had plenty of opportunities to score enough points to win the game through play calling," Kelly said.
-- Kelly was asked about junior wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown's quiet outing against Georgia. "We have to continue to target him," Kelly said. He added that the team needs to find balance in the passing game so St. Brown isn't double-teamed as often.
-- Kelly commented a third time since Saturday night on running back Dexter Williams' absence against Georgia. He said the decision was made during the game not to use him because of the amount of pressure Georgia was applying. "He's got to get on the field," Kelly said. "I've made it clear to the offensive coaches that we've got to use his talents."