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Healing Notre Dame ready for fast-paced BYU

Updated: November 19, 2013 11:02PM

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame didn’t practice during its bye last week. Instead, some players hit the weights and conditioned, while others recovered from various injuries.

The Irish will need those fresh bodies Saturday against BYU.

‘‘They’re an up-tempo offense; they’re going to want to go fast,’’ coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday.

In 10 games, the Cougars have run 868 offensive plays. By comparison, Oregon — which traditionally has been known for its fast-paced attack — has run 746. Notre Dame has run 646.

BYU ran 99 offensive plays in a 40-21 victory against Texas and 115 in a 47-46 victory at Houston. The Cougars rank 13th nationally in
total offense, averaging 503.7 yards.

‘‘They really force you to be on task every play,’’ Kelly said.

The Irish’s depth might get a boost. Outside linebacker Ishaq Williams and defensive linemen Kona Schwenke, Isaac Rochell and Jarron Jones practiced Monday.

‘‘There’s nobody at this point that’s definitely out,’’ Kelly said.

Williams missed the last two games with a knee injury. An ankle injury sidelined Schwenke for the game Nov. 9 against Pittsburgh, and Jones and Rochell suffered ankle injuries in that game.

‘‘I was pleased with Kona,’’ Kelly said. ‘‘Ishaq is going to be a day‑to‑day situation. He practiced. I thought he was a little tentative, but he’s going to get better. I know our training staff was pleased. . . . We had no setbacks from anybody that practiced.

‘‘Nobody took a step back from my report from [trainer] Rob Hunt. Nobody took a step back from a pretty rigorous practice. We were almost two hours out there, which is long, and it was a physical practice.’’

NOTES: Coach Brian Kelly said suspended quarterback Everett Golson will be allowed to take part in bowl practices if the re-
admission process goes well.

‘‘I think that application process has been submitted,’’ Kelly said, ‘‘and decisions relative to
admissions happen sometime in the middle of December.’’

† Drue Tranquill, a 6-2, 205-pound linebacker/defensive back from Carroll High School in Fort Wayne, Ind., made an oral commitment to Notre Dame.


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