Irish depart for camp; excited to go on the road & get things started


The Notre Dame Football team is now in Marion, Indiana where they will hold their first four days of fall camp today.

Brian Kelly is taking his team away from distractions for a good opportunity to bond and grow together. The Irish players seem to like the idea.

"I think its going to be great," Irish captain and offensive lineman Zach Martin said Sunday. "Especially for the younger guys who have just got done with class on Friday and they have been bottled up in South Bend--going to school all day and working out. For them to have to opportunity to go off site and just be with the guys I think is going to be important for their development."

Kelly said there are no TVs at the remote location at Shiloh Park and on Friday Kelly joked that the wifi just may crash in the first 20 minutes of the team's arrival.

"That's fine," Irish quarterback Tommy Rees said of the conditions. "We will probably bring a deck of cards and we will be alright."

For a program that went 12-1 a season ago, a lot has happened since the Irish were crushed in the national championship game by Alabama back on January 7th. It's time to start fresh.

"It's been an extremely long off season," Irish cornerback Bennett Jackson says. "Everyone is just excited to get back out. Camps not fun, obviously. Everyone knows that but at the end of the day you are playing a sport that we came out here to play. Everybody loves playing. Once you get out there and you get going, get the ball rolling and things get going, it's just a great feeling. There isn't really much to know about Camp Shiloh. We just know we are going down there and we are going to play football. That's really how we are looking at it."

Notre Dame returns to campus to practice in pads for the first time on Friday. The regular season begins August 31st at home against Temple.


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