Obviously Kelly paid the proper respects to Georgia, and spotlighted running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel as elite backs. He also called linebacker Roquan Smith an elite player. He acknowledged the injury to Jacob Eason, but he thought Jake Fromm will do a nice job back there.
As far as the Irish were concerned, Kelly talked about the defense's need to tackle better this week, and talked about Te'Von Coney. Coney played a lot of downs on Saturday, and is the 1st man in for BUCK Greer Martini and MIKE Nyles Morgan. Coney has seemed to turn a corner mentally, and Brian Kelly thinks that's why he is playing at a higher level.
Look, everybody has to make choices about, you know, where they want to be. All of our players knew that they were going to be rewarded for their traits, not their talent. And he made a choice that no matter how good he looked and how many abs he had and how big his biceps were, he wasn't going to play unless he had the traits. And so he made that choice, and that's why he's going to see success this year.
Brian Kelly also talked about:
- Brian VanGorder
- Jay Hayes
- Cornerbacks Nick Watkins and Julian Love
- And more
You can watch the entire press conference below.