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Notre Dame Football: Three Things - Michigan State

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Notre Dame’s thumping of Michigan State was perhaps the most fun in quite some time. What did we learn?

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1. I think Brian Kelly has truly changed for the better

I mean when in the previous seven seasons did we ever see Brian Kelly act like this after a win? It looks like he’s truly embraced every part of being a college head coach, and part of that is relating to 18-22 years olds. It sure looks like Kelly is doing that. It sure looks like the coach loves his team, and the team loves him back. That’s sure refreshing to see, especially after last season and especially when most of the media tries to paint Kelly as a jerk.

2. We need more of Dexter Williams in our lives

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This has been said many times and in many ways, but I’m here to say it again. I love Josh Adams, I mean how could you not? He’s the model of consistency. But Williams has explosiveness few guys have. Not only do we need to see more of Williams, we may have to. Although Adams has been great, he’s had trouble staying healthy the past 16 games. Kelly said after the game that Williams was still a “compliment”, while Adams was his “bell cow.” With Williams showing his worth last week against the Boston College Eagles and against the Michigan State Spartans, we may need to see more of a split just to keep Adams fully healthy.

3. Wimbush silences the doubters

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For at least one week, Brandon Wimbush hushed the critics who question his passing abilities. Wimbush was an efficient 14/20 for 173 yards and a TD, which is a perfectly good stat line with the running attack from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Like I’ve said before, he doesn’t need to be Tom Brady. He just needs to be effective. It was great to see him make some throws he hasn’t made all year long. Wimbush actually put some touch on his passes. I think the Wimbush we saw last week is the one we’ll see the rest of the season, not the one we saw against BC.