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Check back in this thread for live updates from Brian Kelly's post-practice press conference...
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-- Used Monday as a non-padded day and today focused on a more traditional practice. Focused in on some of the things that the coaches want to accentuate offensively and defensively based on the offseason study. Got a look at some of those things that will be part of the game plan today.
-- Good spring. Have a few guys that won't compete - Fox, Baratti & Jackson, certainly Hounshell as well.
-- Amir Carlisle was in pads today, but won't put him in a contact situation. He's got a lot of work in the last couple of days.
-- Corey Robinson has a hyper-extended elbow. He was a practice today, but limited.
-- Tyler Plantz will not compete as well.
This post was edited by Jason Sapp 12 months ago
-- Chris Brown, Lo Wood and DaVaris Daniels are all good to go.
On game format:
-- Similar to last year with a scoring system. Just don't have the numbers to split the squads up into a true Blue-Gold scrimmage.
-- Defense in blue and offense in white.
-- No live special teams, but Kyle Brindza will punt it, including no live field goal and extra point.
-- Every player will be on the same sideline.
-- Want the team to go through pre-game and in through the tunnel for a game-like atmosphere.
-- Clock will likely stop in the first half and run in the second, but will play by ear.
On what BK hopes to see:
-- Looking for a flow. Really want to see a clean game from an offensive perspective. And get to take a look at guys that haven't had a ton of time yet like Jarrett Grace, Ben Koyack and others to see how much progression has been made and how they execute.
On holding back due to broadcast:
-- Obviously not going to show the Temple game plan, but will see the team work on and run its plays.
"We're going to run what we're going to run."
On Corey Robinson:
-- He's someone who can help the team win football games in a role. Similar to Chris Brown last year. He's not a finished product yet because he has to get bigger and stronger, but he catches anything near him.
On Prince Shembo:
-- Adds a factor off the edge in passing situation but is also getting better covering in space.
-- The goal is to play fast the whole game. That's got to be part of the tool box and it wasn't last year. Couldn't go in and change the game as needed, but closer to being able to do that now.
On contact this spring:
-- This team required it more this year in comparison to last year because the previous group was more established. Wanted to put the new guys into position battles and the emphasis on practicing contact situations will improve the overall production of the team and working through it.
On players that have shown improvement:
-- Eilar Hardy has had a good spring. Tyler Stockton has improved. Conor Hanratty and Alex Welch stood out as guys that were already in the program and could go out and contribute right away.
On Steve Elmer:
-- He plays 11-on-11 pretty good. Generally guys his size early on look the part but aren't playing the game right yet. With Elmer, he's pretty accomplished in the run game and he has surprised the staff how sound he is in the scheme in addition to his physical abilities.
On the offensive line:
-- The coaching staff was very conscience at first with Ronnie Stanley and how involved to get him in contact, but he's been going the last few days. During that time the coaching staff experimented with shuffling guys around on the line.
On game-day role with Chuck Martin calling the plays:
-- Kelly will still manage the game in a similar fashion and it will allow him to focus on winning the game vs play calling. It's about being able to look at the big picture and what is the best way to win.
Martin was doing a lot of that last year, anyway, so not envisioning much of a change there.
Feels this will help the team improve and win.
On using front-line players for special teams:
-- Think all of those guys will have a significant role. Worked on that all spring. But also bringing in a number of first-year players that have size and talent to help in that area as well.
"Deeb, Randolph, Smith, Redfield, Butler, Kinlaw..."
On Bob Diaco:
-- He's a very good communicator, so the kids know exactly where they stand. There's a clarity in his voice in regards of what is expected of the players and how to do their jobs. And he's got a personality that players see it's about them - not his own personal gains.
On Ernest Jones:
-- Strong impact on the players, specifically their community service work. It delivers the message that we're here to help them. The goal is to make sure the players are provided with things to help them in their professional careers and life in general outside of football as well.
On team leaders:
-- Offensively, the offensive line has been leading the pack - individually Zack Martin. But the group as a whole is a "no nonsense" group and it trickles down to the other guys.
Everett Golson has also upped his leadership.
-- Defensively, not one guy in particular -- but Prince Shembo and Matthias Farley have upped their abilities to lead the group.
Kelly presser complete...
Check back for a full recap and video.
Sounds like your boy is ready to go!! Best of luck to him.
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The Irish practiced for the final time before Saturdays Blue-Gold Game.
that might be a stretch but he has progressed along as quickly as anyone might have hoped - including me!
Thanks for the updates.
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