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

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame football will hit the road for the first time this season on Saturday. Wake Forest (2-1) will host the Irish in North Carolina for a 12:06 p.m. EDT kickoff on ABC.

Head coach Brian Kelly met with reporters Tuesday to discuss No. 8 Notre Dame (3-0) and this weekend's opponent.

Below are notable quotes from Kelly's comments:

• On tight end Cole Kmet's return from an ankle injury: "Cole tells me that he'll be ready for Stanford."

• Kelly said nickelback Nick Coleman, who played in the first two games against Michigan and Ball State, sat out the Vanderbilt game as the result of a coach's decision. Freshman defensive back Houston Griffith played in Coleman's place. Kelly said Coleman will be needed against Wake Forest.

• Brian Kelly on not having to play against former Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford: "He was a nightmare."

• On Tony Jones Jr. saying he's simplified his mindset at running back: "As you're developing in any position, just trust your instincts. Overthinking it gets you in trouble."

• On the development of Notre Dame's wide receivers: "Nobody's discouraged. Nobody's down on anybody. We know it's a process for us ... We're certainly not where we need to be."

• On the Irish offense: "We want to run an offense that is balanced, that attacks the defense and scores touchdowns. We've been fairly balanced. We haven't attacked at all times, and we haven't been proficient in scoring in touchdowns. So we've got some work to do."

• On preparing the defense for Wake Forest's tempo: "They know from last year. We were up 31-10 and just didn't execute very well. They had a really good football team too."

• Kelly said Notre Dame's offensive line played well as unit against Vanderbilt. "Last week it was physicality, it was moving people off the ball. It was communication up front," he said.

• On the number of reps linebackers Drue Tranquill and Te'von Coney are taking: "They got the rest of their careers to rest. They're young. We do a great job with taking care of our players, making sure that they're getting treatment. But we might be making a little bit too much of how many reps they're getting. They're in great shape."

• On tight end Alizé Mack's performance against Vanderbilt: "Best game he's ever played here."

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly looks on during the Notre Dame-Vanderbilt NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.