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

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Months of preparing from Michigan paid off in a 24-17 victory for Notre Dame's football team.

But now, the Irish have to shift their focus to Saturday's home game against Ball State (1-0). Head coach Brian Kelly took questions from reporters Tuesday covering the Cardinals and reflecting on the Michigan win.

Below are notable quotes from Kelly:

• "Talented offensive group led by Riley Neal. He's an outstanding quarterback," Kelly said of Ball State. "He's a quarterback who could lead a Power 5 team."

Kelly said Neal reminds him of former Cincinnati quarterback Tony Pike.

• On defensive end Daelin Hayes: "Right now at the point of attack, he's an issue for people. He can handle tight ends, he can handle a tackle. He can drop in coverage."

• On defensive end Khalid Kareem: "He was relentless in his effort. His effort was great."

• On running back Jafar Armstrong: "He ran hard. He did a lot of things on the football field for his first start." Armstrong played running back and returned kicks for the Irish. Kelly also noted Armstrong's ability to pass protect and play as a receiver.

• On tight end Alizé Mack: "His ability to handle the moment, his control over himself in the competitive mode, is going to get better."

Kelly said he sees Mack maturing in a way that he didn't last year.

• Kelly said he doesn't want to use Justin Yoon on kickoffs. He will reinsert Jonathan Doerer after making some mistakes and being pulled in the Michigan game.

• "Our attention to detail needs to get better on kickoff coverage certainly," Kelly said. He took part of the blame for having only one live kickoff throughout preseason camp.

• On quarterback Brandon Wimbush: "He's been a good decision maker. Accuracy, confidence, those things are on the up."

• On safety Alohi Gilman: "Playing the safety position is a reactionary position. You see it, you react. It requires great instincts." Kelly said Gilman has great instincts and is a sure tackler. He brought a lot of those skills with him from Navy.

• On freshmen defensive linemen Jayson and Justin Ademilola: "They have really good football instincts." Kelly said that will allow them to play early.

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Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly runs onto the field with his team before the Michigan at Notre Dame NCAA football game Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.