Notre Dame wrapped up its week of practice inside Notre Dame Stadium Thursday, simulating the potential crowd noise for Saturday night's primetime showdown with rival Michigan at 7:30 at the Stadium.
Irish head coach Brian Kelly was pleased with the way his 3-0 Irish stayed focused this week.
"Good week of practice," Kelly said moments after the Thursday workout in the Stadium. "Guys did what I asked them to do. The message all week was, 'don't be someone you're not. No need to change what you have done. Be who I remember you as. It's not an accident that you are where you are. You get what you deserve and if you keep working hard, doing the right thing, you will find yourself in a good position at the end of the day.'"
The Thursday Stadium practice is something Kelly started before the Purdue game as a way to familiarize the team more with the place they call home Saturday. Kelly felt in the past the team has maybe been a little intimidated by their own home.
Kelly said the focus this week was eliminating the big plays, something that's been a staple of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson over the last two years against the Irish. Robinson has amassed nearly 1,000 total yards in his matchups with Notre Dame, the most of any Notre Dame opponent ever.
"I think we are as prepared as you can be for a guy of the magnitude," Kelly said of trying to duplicate Robinson in practice pointing out that's something that you can't really do.
Coverage of Notre Dame-Michigan begins with NewsCenter 16 at 6 LIVE from Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday. Countdown to Kickoff takes over at 6:30 with the Irish and Wolverines set to kickoff just after 7:30 all on WNDU-TV.