Quick Hits: Brian Kelly on Notre Dame football's return from spring break

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

The Irish have returned from spring break and quickly returned to the football field. On Tuesday, Notre Dame participated in its fourth practice of the spring inside the Loftus Sports Center.

Head coach Brian Kelly met with reporters to provide updates on the Irish. Here are the highlights:

• Kelly said four running backs have received the majority of the work this spring: Jafar Armstrong, Tony Jones Jr., Kyren Williams and Jahmir Smith. C'Bo Flemister has been dealing with a patellar tendon strain and is working his way back.

• On how Avery Davis is handling the new position at cornerback: "He's making progress at that position, and it's going to take some time." When asked if Davis could be a candidate at nickelback, Kelly said the defense hasn't worked in its nickel package yet.

• Kelly said he probably couldn't name a depth chart at linebacker right now if he had to do it. "We're mixing and matching," Kelly said. "Who looks good with who? What's a good tandem?"

• Kelly said he's confident in his top two wide receivers: "You have some established players that can play at a high level in (Chase) Claypool and Chris Finke." Beyond them, Kelly mentioned junior Michael Young and sophomores Joe Wilkins, Braden Lenzy and Lawrence Keys III as having had good moments this spring.

• The performances of former Notre Dame players at the NFL Combine earlier this month was a positive reflection of what the Irish have been building in the weight room. "We have in place a really good development program," Kelly said. The Irish will host their Pro Day on Wednesday.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly during spring football practice on Saturday, March 2, 2019, inside the Loftus Sports Center at Notre Dame in South Bend.