Irish show off new 'tempo' in first practice under Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly said early Friday afternoon that there wouldn't be much standing around and talking during practices.

He wasn't kidding.

Tempo was up nine notches as the Irish opened up spring football camp, the first in the new Brian Kelly regime.

"I think probably the thing that is absolutely non-negotiable is the intensity through repetition," Kelly told the media before practice.

Kelly said he doesn't want to hear any talking, complaining or see any fights at practice. But he does want to see some fight.

"If we can get the fight back in the Fightin Irish, that's what I'm looking for," Kelly said. "I want to compete our butts off for four quarters."

"I want our guys to go to practice and compete, compete and compete."

Kelly says there are no depth charts and everyone's starting fresh.

Quarterback Dayne Crist is practicing and will be protected during the spring, following surgery to repair a torn ACL he suffered in the Washington State game on Halloween.

Kelly plans to run a no huddle, shotgun offense.

He says wide receiver Michael Floyd has cut weight in order to be able to stay on the field for a longer period of time.

"Michael Floyd has work to do as well," Kelly said, playing no favorites.

"We were 15-21 the last three years," Kelly reminded the media. "There aren't any bruised egos. Here's where we are and here's where we have to go."

Kelly is very high on middle linebacker Manti Te'o, but also says there's work to do there as well.

"He's a college football player and he's got that excitement and passion and I like those types of guys," Kelly said. "But he's got to get much better because he wasn't very good."

Te'o will play inside linebacker because Kelly wants his strong, physical players on the inside. The more athletic, fast guys will play on the outside.

Outside linebacker is where Kelly feels he has the most depth. He's moved senior Brian Smith to the outside so that Smith can play in space and utilize his speed and athleticism better.

Tight end Kyle Rudolph also practiced but will be restricted this spring after having shoulder surgery.

Kelly says Chris Stewart, Kapron Lewis Moore and Te'o have emerged as all-in guys who could serve as team leaders.

The spring game is April 24th at 1:30 at Notre Dame Stadium.


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