Kelly says Irish quarterback battle not settled yet

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Everett Golson has taken all the 1st team reps in two of the six practices open to the media, but Brian Kelly says the Irish quarterback battle will continue in week two of training camp.

Golson, who led Notre Dame to the national championship game in 2012 before missing all of last season due to an academic suspension, is battling sophomore Malik Zaire for the starting job. Zaire has yet to take a college snap in a game.

Kelly says the installation of the offense is just wrapping up and the real evaluation will occur next week.

"If you are making the decision in these five days, you already knew who your quarterback is," Kelly explains. "I wanted to get the installation in and then we'll start to focus on who the guy really is this week because we'll put them in competitive situations in 7-on-7 and in our team that will allow them to make those kinds of decisions."

Saturday was Notre Dame's 1st practice back on campus after spending the first five days at Culver Academies.

Offensive Coordinator Mike Denbrock, who has been out after having an undisclosed surgical procedue done last week, made his first camp appearance Saturday. He arrived midway through and Kelly says Denbrock will be around the team for about an hour a day for the next week.

The Irish will be without wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr for the next 4-6 weeks after he tore his groin. Hunter was walking around with a crutch at practice Saturday. Offensive lineman Matt Hegarty and linebacker Ben Councell are currently sitting out at practice as they recover from concussions.


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