Quick Hits from Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly's Stanford Week press conference
One more game. One more Tuesday press conference.
Before No. 9 Notre Dame (9-2) travels to California for its regular season finale against No. 20 Stanford (8-3) 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 began by revisiting the 24-17 Senior Day victory over Navy. "Our guys kept fighting, trying to find a way to win a football game. And we did," Kelly said.
-- What does Notre Dame need to do to win at Stanford for the first time since 2007? "We've got to play the kind of football that we played later in October," Kelly said. "That starts with being, as a football team, more complete -- offensively, defensively and in our special teams."
-- Kelly called junior running back Bryce Love "the best back that we'll see all year." He noted Love's ability to break tackles.
-- Kelly: "They get to write the last chapter of the season. What a great opportunity for our football team."
-- Kelly said that junior running back Dexter Williams is as close to 100 percent as he has been in some time. "I think he's got to play a big role for us on Saturday," Kelly said. "We expect him to."
-- Junior wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown, who is moving through the concussion protocol, has been cleared for non-contact practice today, Kelly said.
-- Kelly, on first-time starting right tackles Tommy Kraemer and Robert Hainsey this season: "I'm pleased with their performance."
-- If St. Brown can't play because of his concussion, junior wide receiver Miles Boykin will earn more opportunities, Kelly said. That would be the extent of their offensive changes.
-- What's the key to winning a road game against a top-20 team? Exactly what Notre Dame didn't do in its 41-8 loss at Miami, Kelly said. Notre Dame needs to protect the football and avoid negative momentum changes. The Irish committed four turnovers in the loss at Miami.
-- What makes Stanford running back Bryce Love so special? "Ultimately, to me, it's that ability to break that first tackle, and then he's got incredible speed," Kelly said.