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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly's Press Conference for the Michigan Game

Some interesting notes from Brian Kelly's press conference...

1) When asked about "suspended" RB Dexter Williams status for the Michigan game he said "He'll be dressed and he'll be on the sidelines.  We'll see what happens when we kick it off."  I presumed Dexter wouldn't even dress for the game but this leaves a little bit of an opening that Dexter might play vs Michigan.  Personally I hope he does play because he's their most proven back averaging over 7 yards per carry.  We will see Saturday night.

2) Kelly reiterated that he is not afraid to go to backup QB Ian Book if the team needs it.  Starting QB Brandon Wimbush accounted for over 30 TDs last season but in the Citrus Bowl vs LSU he was benched because of ineffectiveness while Book led them to an inspired come-from-behind victory.  I'm not a fan of a two QB situation because the last time ND went into the season (2016) with a "QB controversy" they sputtered to a disastrous 4-8 season with Deshone Kizer and Malik Zaire behind center.  Team Kizaire never worked.  We will have to see if Team Wimbook works this season.  Ugh.

3) The Notre Dame defense is the most loaded from top to bottom since Kelly has arrived.  The last time ND had this much talent and experience on the defensive side they went all the way to the 2012 National Championship game with an undefeated regular season.  This gives me a lot of optimism.

4) Still have no idea if ND will come out in green jerseys for Michigan.  The fans have been encouraged to wear green for the "Green Out" but so far Kelly has been coy when asked if the team would come out in green too.  We are gonna have to wait till kickoff.  Personally I hope they wear the traditional blue and gold but the tea leaves read green jerseys Saturday night.

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