SOUTH BEND — Two months back, Notre Dame walked off the AT&T Stadium turf in Arlington, Texas, on the wrong conclude of a 30-3 contest to Clemson in the College or university Soccer Playoff Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl Common. Immediately after a perfect 12- common time, the Combating Irish fell to the eventual national champions on one of school football’s greatest stages.
That was previous calendar year, although, as Notre Dame mentor Brian Kelly pointed out when he met the media Friday ahead of the opening of the 2019 spring follow time. Below are some of the key takeaways from Kelly’s 40-minute press conference.
Advancement OF IAN Guide AND PHIL JURKOVEC
There will not be as huge of a quarterback controversy this calendar year as there was previous calendar year with Guide and the departing Brandon Wimbush. Guide will be the starter for the Irish in 2019, barring any key setbacks or injuries. Guide was sensational as a junior for Notre Dame previous calendar year, going 8-1 in starts, throwing for 2,628 yards and 19 touchdowns. Even now, Kelly consider the now-senior can increase.
“Ian is going to get a ton of function. He’s acquired to get improved. There is a number of regions that we have detailed for him, internally, that he desires to function on,” Kelly claimed. “It’s the whole ‘quarterback’ matter … it’s all that goes all over the scope of the placement. There is just so numerous nuances he has to function on. Pocket presence, acquiring us in the right plays. There is just so numerous small issues he desires to function on.”
The roles also adjust for redshirt freshman Phil Jurkovec. Immediately after investing 2018 mostly on the bench, Jurkovec methods in as the backup for Guide. This will provide new challenges for the Pennsylvania indigenous.
“He’s one move absent from being the setting up quarterback. This is his spring in which he’s truly acquired to exhibit himself in conditions of being familiar with the playbook, being all set,” Kelly claimed. “He was not the subsequent guy in previous calendar year. He is now.”
Competitors ON Protection
The 2019 Irish will be with no their top rated 4 defensive gamers from 2018 — defensive lineman Jerry Tillery, linebackers Te’von Coney and Drue Tranquill, and cornerback Julian Like. All 4 declared for the NFL draft, consequently building a ton of competition above the subsequent six months of spring follow.
“The linebacker placement — there is going to be a ton of fellas transferring in and out, seeking to come across the linebacking main and who’s going to be playing, in which,” Kelly claimed. “Corner is in all probability an additional. People two in specific in all probability stand out to me as positions in which there’ll be a ton of competition.”
Competitors is a thing Kelly has found his staff embrace in the seven months due to the fact returning from the Cotton Bowl.
“We’ll have some fantastic battles — I never have all of the responses for you now,” Kelly claimed. “We never have all of the responses right now. We’re going to let them compete. I do truly like this team in the way they have competed in every thing that we have place in front of them.”
2019 IS NOT 2018
Kelly has been in a equivalent spot prior to with the Irish. He led Notre Dame to an undefeated common time in 2012, only to shed to Alabama in the BCS Nationwide Championship Video game. The next time, the Irish went 9-4.
That is why he preached to his staff that just for the reason that 2018 was effective, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can do it again immediately in 2019.
“You have to function at it again, and this is function. And, I consider that is in which teams get missing in the lack of ability to do it again … it’s not recognizing how to do it. It’s putting in the time and the effort and hard work and the sacrifice — that is truly difficult,” Kelly claimed. “Going back again and doing all of that difficult function, pushing that rock up the hill again is what they have to do. I get a sense that, early on, some of them needed to operate up the hill with no the rock. They (now) understand they have to thrust the rock back again up the hill.”
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