Quick Hits from Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly's Miami Week press conference

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Who's ready for a top-10 showdown?

Before No. 3 Notre Dame heads to Miami Gardens, Fla., to meet No. 7 Miami on Saturday, eighth-year Irish head coach Brian Kelly met the media for his weekly press conference on Tuesday.

Here are the highlights from Kelly's address.

-- Kelly called Miami wide receiver Braxton Berrios "the engine to that offense." He added that Christopher Herndon "might be the best tight end we see all year."

-- Kelly: "I know our guys are excited about this championship drive that they're on now."

-- Kelly said that both quarterback Brandon Wimbush and running back Josh Adams had a great day in the weight room on Monday and there are "no questions" about their availability for Saturday's game.

-- On Notre Dame's defense following an underwhelming performance against Wake Forest, Kelly said, "Preparation needs to be better." Kelly said that Wake Forest didn't "find the key to unlock the Elko defense." The team's preparation simply needs to be better."

-- Kelly was asked if his team's run-first mentality is reflective of a culture shift for the program moving forward. "We should be really good at running the football here at Notre Dame."

-- How will the Irish adjust to a natural grass surface at Hard Rock Stadium that has had to be replaced four times already this season? "We're not going to change who we are. We might change our shoes," Kelly quipped.

-- Notre Dame running back Dexter Williams' explosiveness was back on Monday, Kelly said. They're "optimistic for a good week." Tight end Alize Mack (concussion) will practice on Tuesday.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly waves to fans as he exits the field following the 48-37 victory over Wake Forest in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN