- Here are snippets from Brian Kelly's press conference at noon today as he previewed the Notre Dame-Michigan night football game to be played Saturday in Ann Arbor:
*Opening statement - "There's nothing like getting back to work for our football team, especially after a loss ... We need to start winning some of these games in this rivalry."
*On Denard Robinson - "Last year Denard had too many big plays against our defense. So we'll be looking for answers towards keeping him in that realm where he doesn't take over the game. The largest run we had last week (by USF) was 17 yards. If we can get to that same kind of defensive play against Robinson and the host of backs that they have, that will be a job well done."
*On the quarterback slot - "We're going to start Tommy Rees against Michigan. Any time you take your quarterback out, those aren't easy decisions because they impact so many things you're doing. Nobody wants to change their quarterback each and every week. Our hopes are Tommy is productive and can play at a high level week in and week out. He's got a pretty good resume, 4-0 as a starter, and he's come off the bench twice and played very well under those circumstances. It falls on the quarterback as the leader to be productive."
*On the USF game - "It was probably one of the most frustrating experiences I've ever had as a head football coach. Everybody was frustrated. We certainly didn't expect it, let's put it that way. We did not expect to have the kind of mistakes that we had. But we're clearly committed to playing those guys and playing through it. Those are our guys, our leaders. They know they've got to step up this weekend and make some plays. If there's a business end of college football it's on Saturdays. Those guys understand you've got to be more productive."
*More on Rees - "I've told him you've got to be productive. If you're not, you should be looking over your shoulder. I want to win right now. I believe Tommy gives us the best chance to win against Michigan."
*On Jonas Gray - "He's got to go back out there. He's got to play for us against Michigan and he's got to play for us all year. I said, 'How do you want to be remembered? As that guy that fumbled on the one-yard line or the guy that bounced back from some adversity and had an incredible season?' "
*On the Michigan game - "It's all about us. It's all about how we play. We've got to go play Saturday and play the right way. We have to clean things up. That's our focus and playing cleaner is going to give us a chance to win."
- Women's soccer senior forward Melissa Henderson has been selected as the BIG EAST Conference Offensive Player of the Week ... in addition, Henderson was named to the 11-player Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week ... Henderson is Notre Dame's first BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honoree this season (and earns the third citation of her career) after tallying 10 points (4G-2A) last weekend in victories over Tulsa (7-1) and Indiana (4-1) to claim the championship at the Notre Dame adidas Invitational ... the All-American and Hermann Trophy candidate collected Offensive Most Valuable Player honors at the tournament after notching a goal and two assists against Tulsa, followed by her fourth career hat trick (first since 2009) against Indiana ... her hat trick against Indiana was the fifth in the 19-year history of the Notre Dame adidas Invitational.
- Navy quarterback Kriss Proctor, Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd, BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy and Navy placekicker Jon Teague have been named FBS Independent Players of the Week, for games through Sept. 3 ... Proctor and Floyd share the inaugural weekly award on offense ... Floyd recorded a career-high 12 catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns ... Floyd ended the game with 183 career receptions, four ahead of previous school record holder Jeff Samardzija ... Floyd also extended his Notre Dame touchdown receptions record to 30, and his 14th 100-yard receiving game leaves him only one behind the Fighting Irish record of 15 century games, held by Golden Tate.