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Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly discusses first day of practice

Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly saw some immediate benefits of starting camp away from campus.

“This is exactly what we needed,” Kelly said during an interview with Fighting Irish Digital Media posted on Notre Dame’s website following the team’s first practice Monday. “We needed to think about ourselves, the development of our football team and the individuals in this team.

“We’re getting there. This is our first day. I’m excited we get a chance to spend the time with our kids tonight. They’re not going anywhere. We’ll have meetings, we’ll do a little more team building tomorrow. For a coach that doesn’t get a lot of opportunity to be with his team, it’s exciting for me and our staff to get a chance to spend some time with our players.”

Notre Dame is practicing at Shiloh Park Retreat and Conference Center in Marion, Ind. The team will have four practices in Marion before transitioning back to South Bend for a practice at LaBar Football Practice Fields on Friday.

“It was a good first practice,” Kelly said, “laid the groundwork for a lot of good things to come over the next few days.”

Kelly listed running back Greg Bryant, wide receiver Will Fuller, cornerback Cole Luke, wide receiver Luke Massa and running back Will Mahone among the players with a strong first day.

“I could go on and on. The point is, you look around, there’s a lot of talented players and there’s a lot more depth than we’ve had at any time since I’ve been at Notre Dame,” Kelly said.

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