Quick Hits: Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly's Miami (Ohio) Week press conference
Notre Dame has won two consecutive games.
Now, it's time to win the press conference.
Before Notre Dame hosts Miami (Ohio) On Saturday, eighth-year Irish head coach Brian Kelly met the media on Tuesday. Here are the highlights from Kelly's weekly address.
-- Kelly said that playing against Miami (Ohio) is "a lot like playing Navy," not because Miami runs an option offense, but because the RedHawks like to control time of possession and limit an opponent's possessions. The Irish will need to be very efficient offensively, Kelly said, to take control.
-- Kelly said the coaching staff turned in the first half Michigan State helmet-to-helmet hit on Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush for further evaluation. He added that they "felt that they missed that call" and called the entire process "extremely frustrating."
-- Kelly, on sophomore wide receiver Chase Claypool: "We think he's capable of being a very nice piece towards putting our wide receiver corps together."
-- Kelly said that freshman safety Jordan Genmark Heath is"attached to coach Elko at the hip at practice."
-- Kelly, on Notre Dame left guard and captain Quenton Nelson: "He's the real deal. Show me one that's better." Kelly added that Nelson has evolved as a leader and that was something he has chosen to do since deciding to come back for his senior season.
-- Kelly gave Notre Dame's defensive line an A- grade through four games.
-- Kelly was extremely complimentary of senior tight end Nic Weishar's improved blocking ability. "Nic's been amazing," Kelly said.
-- Kelly called the right tackle tandem of sophomore Tommy Kraemer and true freshman Robert Hainsey "almost seamless" at this point.
-- Kelly reiterated the need to use multiple running backs on Saturday, and continue to get them healthy this week. "We clearly see the benefits of getting all those backs involved in what we do," Kelly said. The head coach also called sophomore running back Deon McIntosh, who got his first significant time against Michigan State, "fearless."
-- Kelly, on junior nickelback Shaun Crawford, who missed most of his first two seasons with injuries: "I knew what we had." Kelly added that the decision to recruit Crawford was not unanimous because of his lack of size, but the people that decided to pursue him -- namely, Kelly -- identified his traits.
-- Kelly preached that his team is working to adapt a championship-level mindset. "The mindset is closer here with this group (than it has been in the past)," Kelly said.