Quick Hits: Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly's Michigan week press conference

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Game week is here.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly opened his first Tuesday press conference of the season by quickly complimenting Michigan.

"Michigan is an outstanding football team," Kelly said.

The Irish will host the Wolverines Saturday in Notre Dame Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 7:43 p.m. EDT on NBC.

More notes from Kelly's remarks:

• On Michigan's defense: "They've got a number of elite players on the defensive side of the ball." Kelly went on to highlight a number of players including defensive linemen Rashan Gary, Chase Winovich and Aubrey Solomon, linebackers Khaleke Hudson and Devin Bush, defensive back Lavert Hill and others.

• On what kind of offense he expects to see from Michigan: "There's no real identity that has been established from a Michigan offense right now."

• Kelly said freshman Kevin Austin and sophomore Michael Young will be a part of the wide receiver rotation behind Miles Boykin, Chase Claypool and Chris Finke.

• On the talent on Notre Dame's defensive line: "This will be the deepest defensive line that I've had at Notre Dame." Kelly said the unit has the ability to play eight players.

• Kelly reiterated that Brandon Wimbush is Notre Dame's starting quarterback.

• Kelly said Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh reached out to him when the two programs were working on scheduling the home-and-home series for 2018 and 2019.

• On the availability of running back Dexter Williams: "He'll be dressed, and he'll be on the sideline. We'll see what happens when we kick it off." Williams has reportedly been suspended for the first four games of the season, but Kelly has not publicly acknowledged a suspension.

Williams wasn't working regularly with the top two offenses during preseason camp while reporters were in attendance. It would be a surprise if he plays against Michigan.

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