likely will. But since touchbacks will now come out to the 25 instead
of the 20, Kelly is looking at other scenarios.
"It might be that we look to get more hang time on our kickoffs than
per se kicking it out," he said of a strategy to pin the opponent
inside the 20 rather than giving up 25 yards on the touchback.
Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, in trying to inspire his
linebackers Wednesday to use their hands, started spitting out names
of famous boxers, but quickly hit a wall.
"You're Floyd Mayweather. You're Sugar Ray Leonard," Diaco implored
before pausing. "For the guys old enough to remember who he is."
nþIn the way-too-early department, it still was interesting to see who
Kelly rolled out as his first-team right guard and right tackle on day
one of practice, since both those jobs are open.
Junior-to-be Christian Lombard, who spent his first two seasons at ND
as a back-up tackle, was the right guard. Classmate Tate Nichols was
the right tackle.
nþFor those who are wondering, the six fifth-year senior candidates
have been officially approved by Notre Dame's Faculty Board on