Oct. 14, 2012
Q. I wondered if you could fill us in on Everett's (Golson) status kind of the day after he got his bell rung.
Q. If he's not cleared by Tuesday, I would assume Tommy (Rees) moves to the top of the line, and that's kind of your plan there?
Q. I wondered if you could talk about Cierre (Wood), what you're seeing from him, but also, you've got three guys that are really giving you a lot of different skill sets in that running back picture. Can you talk about that a little bit?
It's not only running the ball, it's the ability to catch the ball coming out of the backfield, as well, and that's been the change this year from last year in terms of the complete running back.
And Cierre is getting better at that each and every week. Again, I think all three of those guys are continuing to work on being the complete back.
Q. You're playing a team this coming week that has the LDS church and so forth affiliated with them. You have a handful of those guys on your team. Can you just talk a little bit about how the local LDS community has kind of made them feel welcome at Notre Dame?
Q. And again, Prince Shembo just seems to get a lot of pressure this year, moving back from drop (linebacker) to cat (linebacker). Just talk about where he is right now.
Brian Kelly: Yeah, he's a relentless player. He's got an ability to get to the edge and really force some pressures. And I think if you really look at last week where it wasn't his kind of game in the sense that they were he was in a position where he couldn't get the same kind of pressure that he was able to get this week. I know he was very frustrated, and you could tell just in his demeanor in practice that you could tell he was going to make sure his presence was felt. That's just the kind of kid he is. He's a high motor and can play all day.
Q. Just in terms of Everett's preparation, should he be able to play this weekend and get going on Tuesday, I guess what does the concussion get in the way of over the next 36, 48 hours? Not much, a little? What goes on?
Again, if he doesn't get cleared on Tuesday, then we repeat the process and we continue with it. So the only thing that would be at risk here would be if he's not cleared for Tuesday then he loses a lot of rep work on Tuesday. It doesn't mean, though, that he couldn't still be a starter for us if he practices Wednesday and Thursday.
Q. Is he really missing anything, I guess, this afternoon and Monday?
Q. The BCS rankings officially come out tonight. Everybody seems to think you guys are going to be in the top five. Does that resonate at all at this point just being in that position? And I know there's a whole week to week long way to go thing, but when you're a top five BCS team at this position, how does that resonate do you think?
They watch TV. They see that. There's a sense of pride. There's no question that when you're talked about and you're putting Notre Dame up there in the top five, there's a sense of pride.
I just have to make sure that they understand that with that pride comes a greater obligation to do the thing the right way. I think that's how we'll handle it.
Q. And I guess specifically when you talk BCS with these guys before the season, we've asked you about this before, is it on a list literally somewhere? How do you address that as a goal and in what context do you address that as a goal before you guys start?
We don't have a tie in from a conference standpoint. So if we're talking about postseason, the only thing that we talk about is really the Bowl Championship Series.
Championship football for us at Notre Dame, I think you can make the conclusion that it equals BCS.
Q. I want to clarify one thing you said. You said if Everett (Golson) can't go that it'll be (Tommy) Rees and (Andrew) Hendrix. Does that mean Hendrix is No. 2 or he could play also in the game if Everett is not ready?
Q. On TV they mentioned that they thought he (Everett Golson) had a turf toe, too. Does he, and is that a problem?
Q. On the fumble on the field I'm sorry, Everett (Golson) to Theo (Riddick) handoff, what happened there? They gave the fumble to Everett, but who do you think made the mistake?
Q. I believe Everett (Golson) is responsible for all the turnovers this year. How concerned are you about his turning the ball over?
The other turnover was holding onto the ball. It was the sack fumble against the three man rush. Again, maybe we could have put him in better situation there.
And then the third one, it's easy for him to just step out of bounds and avoid contact. So all of them are coachable, all of them are correctable, and we'll continue to work on it with him so we can eliminate these mistakes.
Q. On Everett's turf toe, was that a practice injury? Did he pick that up against Miami?
Q. And just on the defensive line you rotated really liberally this year until yesterday, and I was just kind of curious about your thinking going into that playing Stephon (Tuitt), Louis (Nix III) and Kapron (Lewis-Moore) so much and then also what those three guys showed you playing so much and being as stout as they were, considering how many snaps they lost?
But we still had Sheldon in quite a bit. I know Kappy rotated out quite a bit. And again, Kona didn't play as much, but certainly was able to give Louis a blow when he needed it.
Q. I guess maybe that question should have been more about Stephon (Tuitt) and the game that he played both in terms of the block and then just kind of how disruptive he was against a very physical smashmouth team in a game that he wasn't able to experience last year.
I think that game is a growth game from him on how you play this game every snap.
Q. And I was just curious, a couple match ups Troy (Niklas) was kind of asked to block one on one against some of Stanford's outside linebackers. Was that Stanford getting you guys in a good look or was that how you wanted to schematically handle that?
Yeah, I think if you go back and look at it, we wouldn't have changed what we had in mind. We probably would have paid a little bit more attention in three man rush that we'd get some more help for him.
Q. A guy I think you have a lot of faith in, Mike Golic, seems to have really been playing much better until yesterday when it seems like mentally he took a step back with a few false starts. How do you approach kind of improvement in practice for a fifth year guy as opposed to maybe a younger player?
Mike has made progress. He played against a very, very good defense, and they won some, Mike won some. The thing with Mike, he's such a dedicated player. I mean, he comes to practice every day; he's purposeful. He's not going to be First Team All American at that position, but here at Notre Dame, he doesn't need to be; he needs to just be Mike Golic. And we're proud of the steps that he's made to help our offense.
Q. And another guy, it seems that Ishaq (Williams) has received some more playing time in multiple packages. Can you talk about how he's developed here the last couple weeks?
Q. Is that just kind of key where you don't even really need a nickel because he can kind of play a little bit of that coverage role?
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