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Check back on this thread for live updates from Brian Kelly's Noon press conference...
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-- Monday was a mental day for the team and put Michigan State in the past.
-- Time to get to a newer and higher level as a team. The things that were exhibited -- mental toughness, control of the line of scrimmage, excellent special teams -- were a start and it's time to continue building.
-- Looking forward to the night game at home. All those things are important, but the thing Kelly wants to stress the most is the continual growth as a team. Need to commit to getting better.
On growing team from the defense out...
-- If wanted to compete nationally, had to have a defense that could control the teams on a week-to-week bases. Plays the most diverse schedule in the country -- option, power, spread. Identifying those schemes and stopping them is goal No. 1.
-- Lagging a bit offensively, but getting there. There are different plans on finding success and every opportunity presents different challenges, and it was first to get the defense right.
On Everett Golson...
-- He's very skilled and very smart, but just doesn't have the experience. Sometimes he's a bit late in reactions and other times he's too much into the pre-snap, but it's an evolution process of getting more and more opportunity to play the game. He's been asked to throw away the football more when needed and that decision-making process will evolve as he gains more experience
-- If he wants to stay in the starting lineup, it's imperative that he takes care of the football.
-- Saw improvement from the Purdue game to the Michigan State game for what he was able to do with his pre-snap reads. He's capable of it,but it's a tradeoff with Tommy Rees because Golson is strong ability-wise but Rees bring the experience.
-- Golson saw the open receivers, even though he overthrew them, but those will come. Looking for improvement each week, tangible improvement not just in the games but at practice, in the film study and meeting rooms, etc., and the staff feels they're getting it from him.
On Danny Spond being back...
-- A big guy in space that's physical and sets the edge. He brings the physical tools needed for that position.
-- Ben Councell got more reps against Michigan State and continues to improve at that position as well.
On signature wins...
-- Each year you have an opportunity to get wins to move you in the right directions, but didn't get any rings off of beating Michigan State.
On game in Dublin...
-- Doesn't feel it had any affect on performance against Purdue.
On where Danny Spond is mentally...
-- He pushed the envelope and was the one that wanted to be out there right away. It was always a "once I'm cleared I'm going to play" situation with him and wasn't hesitant to come back after migraine issues.
On beating MSU on the road during a big recruiting weekend for them...
-- "Monday was just like every other Monday making phone calls and breaking down film..."
-- There's no different feeling after a game like that other than we're back to work.
On Zeke Motta...
-- "He gets more than Elijah (Shumate) lined up."
-- He had a hard time getting himself lined up last year, but he's been terrific back there. His leadership skills have continued to grow. He had a hard time speaking in front of a group in the past, but he spoke at the banquet this past year and it's been a great revolutionary process for him.
-- There's been a maturation process for him year to year.
-- He's taken a great advantage of the opportunity to step in with Harrison Smith moving forward.
On Denard Robinson...
-- Thought the team did a pretty good job against him last year for three quarters. A couple plays they'd like back in the passing game, but like how physical the team is compared to last year and will have to find a way to limit big-chunk plays the way the team did the last few weeks.
-- Gave up the running game in Game 1 and passing game in Game 2, so have to limit both this time around.
-- DaVaris Daniels and Sheldon Day are both "probable". Making strides to be back and play this week.
On Matthias Farley...
-- Has really good ball skills and the coaches like him off of the hash. Will continue to get better as the season progresses and ready to step into the role with the loss of Jamoris Slaughter.
On first two offensive plays against Michigan State...
-- "I laughed..."
-- There were some jitters because lost in the moment and it wasn't even the quarterback's fault.
On Michigan's scheme...
-- "Denard Robinson will play his best against us. We're prepared for that."
On Cierre Wood...
-- "He played like a guy that had a couple weeks off."
-- He was fresh and started to shine through in the 4th quarter after getting back in the swing of things.
On wide receivers...
-- There are some players that can fly at the position, both veterans and first-year players, and it's a tool to have that depth there to make plays.
-- Robby Toma is a guy that you can rely on and you know what you're going to get from him. He's going to compete, he's a good blocker and he's going to catch the football.
-- Chris Brown continues to develop and has elite speed and can get behind anybody, but there are a lot of things to learn about that position and working on the development. But if you match him up one on one, he's going to have a favorable advantage.
On Kapron Lewis-Moore...
-- He's on that fine line of being hurt and being injured. He's fighting through it. A calf strain is a nagging injury. He'll grind through it and be ready to go on Saturday.
On depth at safety...
-- You're going to see Chis Salvi, Nicky Baratti and C.J. Prosise. Can't rely on just a couple of players there. Salvi will help be a veteran leader in the defensive backfield.
On various offensive groups...
-- Tough matchup group for an opponent when you're able to use multiple groupings of two running backs and two tight ends on the field in different formations.
On Jamoris Slaughter and a sixth year...
-- Can't publicly comment on it yet because more homework to do there. Looking for those answers and it doesn't appear he's eligible, but not sure exactly yet one way or the other.
On Achilles tendon injuries on the team - Lo Wood and Jamoris Slaughter...
-- Definitely unusual to get two of them in one year and "fate played a hand in this one." Do all the things necessary to prevent those types of injuries and aren't correlated.
On Chase Hounshell not traveling...
-- He's had a little bit of a shoulder and hoping to get him worked in more this week.
On Mike Elston...
-- Doing a great job with the defensive line and pushing them to get the best out of them.
On not getting too caught up in the atmosphere coming this weekend...
1. Don't believe or feel the hype
2. Manage expectations.
3. Avoid the noise.
4. Speak for yourself.
-- Put that sign up last year knowing it was something that had to be dealt with and they've seen it for over a year now. If they wanted to be successful, needed to continue doing the things they're doing.
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