The Notre Dame football arrived at Culver Academies Sunday night and will begin fall practice there Monday morning at 11am.
The Irish will spend the first five days of camp in Culver. It's the 2nd year in a row Notre Dame has gone on the road. Last year, the Irish when to Camp Shiloh in Marion, Indiana.
Culver is, of course, a lot closer to South Bend being just an hour away from camnpus. With Culver adding a 2nd field this year, it made the obvious choice for Coach Kelly to take his team too.
"There's just a lot of things that make it an easier camp environment to do the things that we can do here," Kelly explained. "Shiloh was a great opportunity for us and this presents and even better opportunity. And secondly, you only get one practice. There's 22 hours left in the day. We feel that that site provides us a lot of opportunity to do some team building with our players."
New rules allowed Kelly and his coaching staff to work more with his team during the summer. So the Irish head into camp ahead of the pace they are usually on.
So what does Kelly want to see from his squad when they hit the field Monday morning?
"The one thing that we demand from our players is that when we are in those two hours of practice, that we start fast, that there's an attention to detail, that there's great effort and enthusiasm and that we finish strong," Kelly explained. "We call that four quarters of winning. That retention needs to be there. If we come out and we have forgotten all of the things that we have been working on since January, I would be very disappointed. I don't expect that to happen, because we are going into year five and we've been very consistent with the message. I expect to have a great day the first day."
Notre Dame will be without offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Mike Denbrock for the first weeks of camp. Denbrock is recovering from an undisclosed surgical procedure.