Brian Kelly was still being asked about Sunday night during his Tuesday press conference. There was not one questioned asked about Nevada. Members of the media were still asking about the repercussions from the Texas game, mainly the QB situation and the suspect defense.
Brian Kelly said he’s yet to talk to the quarterbacks about the plan for Nevada. Doesn’t call Kizer the starter. Doesn’t say Zaire will play— Irish Illustrated (@PeteSampson_) September 6, 2016
I said it yesterday in the Sunday presser, Kelly has to know who his quarterback is. Kizer played too well for him not to be the guy. Also it’s been a day and half since the end of the game it’s hard to believe that Kelly hasn’t said anything to them at all, but hey maybe he hasn’t. It’s hard to figure out what Kelly is trying to accomplish by keeping the situation quiet. He should name his guy and just go.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Kelly plays both again against Nevada. Not that would be the right decision, but if that happens don’t be shocked.
Torii Hunter Jr. remains in concussion protocol, could be a game-time decision for Nevada. Won’t practice today.— Irish Illustrated (@PeteSampson_) September 6, 2016
Torii Hunter Jr. was popped pretty well on that should-be targeting call on Sunday night and in the process was concussed. Hunter is still in the concussion protocol, and would be no shock if he doesn’t suit up on Saturday vs Nevada.
Kelly says if Irish are giving up 50 points a game in week 10 then he will understand questions about critiques about defense.— Angelo Di Carlo (@angdicarlowndu) September 6, 2016
Why week 10 of year three coach? That’s what it’s going to take for you to understand the questions about the defense? Shouldn’t you already be fed up with your defense’s lack of performance? The defense hasn’t been very good for the past two seasons. Kelly had the chance to make a change after the bowl game last season and he didn’t. They are wasting a top-flight offense by running a bad defense week in and week out.
Kelly says ND is a team that sent 10 players to NFL, were seeing a new offense for Texas.... reiterates everyone should relax about defense— Angelo Di Carlo (@angdicarlowndu) September 6, 2016
This should hammer home the point even more that people should start to worry about the defense. Last year’s defense wasn’t very good even with all those NFL players. There is a whole lot of new personnel on defense this season. How could it possibly get better?
Brian Kelly says frosh safety Devin Studstill will play a lot this weekend against Nevada. #NotreDame— Tim Prister (@timprister) September 6, 2016
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Avery Sebastian is also in the concussion protocol and on top of that he didn’t really play well on Sunday night. Studstill will give the Irish a better athlete with more range in the secondary.
Other News and Notes
- Kelly said that if Hunter can’t go either Kevin Stepherson, Corey Holmes or Javon McKinley will take his place. He has no intentions of moving Equanimeous St.Brown from the W position
- Josh Adams and Tarean Folston got banged up against Texas, but both should be fine and should play against Nevada
- Kelly reiterated that Brian VanGorder is still the right man for the job
- Kelly did say he needs to have whoever is the No.2 quarterback has to have the right mindset whenever he does make a decision on who is the starter
- Ashton White, Kevin Stepherson, Dexter Williams and Te’Von Coney all played against Texas on Sunday. Notre Dame’s office of community standards still has yet to make a ruling on them.