Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly springs in new year
BY LaMOND POPE Sun-Times Media April 19, 2013 9:32PM
Stanford v Notre Dame
Updated: May 21, 2013 6:28AM
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — For quarterback Everett Golson, it’s an opportunity to showcase his progress.
For Notre Dame’s running backs, offensive linemen, linebackers and defensive backs in position battles, it’s another chance to make an impression.
The Irish wrap up spring camp Saturday with the 84th Blue-Gold Game at Notre Dame Stadium. The team doesn’t plan to hold back much.
“We’re obviously not going to show a Temple game plan,’’ coach Brian Kelly said. ‘‘But we’re going to run what we run offensively and defensively. I just don’t think there are a ton of secrets anymore. You’re not going to see us run a lot of game-plan kind of things, but we’re going to run what we’re going to run.”
That means getting a glimpse at the strides Golson has made since helping the Irish reach the BCS national title game.
“Everything is starting to slow down now for me,” Golson said. “It’s allowed me to have that confidence in myself first, that confidence to help direct somebody in the right direction.”
Quarterback is settled. But there are plenty of spots up for grabs.
Take running back. Offensive coordinator Chuck Martin said George Atkinson III, Cam McDaniel and Amir Carlisle have improved significantly.
“We came out of last season thinking they’re pretty limited in some of these areas in the passing game,” Martin said. “Now, through 14 practices, we’re like, ‘They just needed a little more work on it,’ and maybe a little more belief in their own head that they could do some of those jobs. They’re a little more versatile than they were a year ago.”
Kicker Kyle Brindza has shown his versatility, adding the punting duties. He’s happy to just get outside after poor weather kept the Irish indoors for most of the spring.
“It will be fun to show off my new artillery and firepower,” he said.
Note: Notre Dame learned the first three years of opponents in its partnership with the ACC. In 2014, Notre Dame is home against Louisville, North Carolina and Wake Forest and has road games against Florida State and Syracuse. In 2015, Notre Dame travels to Clemson, Pittsburgh and Virginia and is home against Boston College and Georgia Tech. In 2016, Notre Dame is home against Duke, Miami and Virginia Tech and on the road against North Carolina State and Syracuse. Dates for the games are being determined.
“One of the benefits moving forward is that almost all of our student-athletes will have an opportunity to play against Notre Dame during their ACC careers, which is extremely special,” ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a statement.