Notre Dame Football

Brian Kelly Notebook | 8.6

August 6, 2019

Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly spoke to Fighting Irish Media's Jack Nolan following Tuesday's practice.  
On getting the shoulders pads on for the first time:
“I thought we executed very well. Today was much more about our running game and setting up our running game. It's not tackling so from a defensive perspective there's a little bit of a last piece there for them. But from an offensive standpoint, you're looking for technique execution. We saw that today. A big component of our offense is the ability to run the football. It's going to set up everything that we do so good day today.
“I thought our standard was much better in terms of finishing the little things we talked about that yesterday. I like the way our guys bounce back today with attention to those standards that are so important to us. The focus today, once you put shoulder pads on, was so much more about the run game. I thought we did a nice job.”
On freshman punter Jay Bramblett and senior long snapper John Shannon:
“I like his makeup. He's been consistent, hang times, and outstanding, we're going to have a really good coverage unit. So he doesn't have to hit them 55 yards. We're looking for great hang time and we're going to get good coverage. I like his consistency. John Shannon, at the long snapping position, is a veteran. That is somebody that we can count on play in and play out. So, really liked what we've seen from him.”
On special teams work:
“We spent a lot of time on special teams. When I say a lot, I mean a percentage of our practice has been higher in our special teams because we are replacing two very, very important pieces to that part of our game plan. So Bramblett done a nice job will start tomorrow now with our field goal and extra point teams and spend a lot of time on that over the next couple of days.”
On what a day in Culver is like following practice:
“Yeah, that's a great question. So The day is not done. Matter of fact, we'll go into about eight o'clock tonight. So you know, another six, seven hours. They've got to have by NCAA rules, they've got to have three hours off, so they'll have time off to have lunch. They'll get into cold plunges, ice baths, and stretch. They'll get some adjustments, chiropractic adjustments, massage, dry needling and all those kind of modalities. Some will go back after lunch and take a little bit of a nap.
“Then we'll get back with some special teams meetings this afternoon. Then we'll get into film study from this morning, where our coaches have about three hours to get all the film broken down, and we'll have an in-depth film study. We'll go back to dinner and then we'll have a walkthrough. So we'll get them back up on their feet, move them around a little bit and walk through some of the missed plays or missed assignments that we want to clean up before we finish up with an overview of tomorrow's practice. It's a full day and there's still a lot more. We're not on the field, but a lot of that is still a lot of mental work left for these guys through the rest of the day.”

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