Kelly getting closer to figuring out Irish quarterback

Brian Kelly is getting closer to figuring out who will be his starting quarterback for the season opener against Navy in Dublin on September 1st.

Kelly says the Irish will begin to prepare for Navy on Monday and that's when things will become more clear between Everett Golson and Andrew Hendrix.

"Certainly as we start to prepare, it's not going to be a 50/50 proposition," Kelly explained Thursday at Media Day. " We're moving closer towards that as we move into actually working against Navy."

While Kelly will have his starter figured out in advance on the Navy game, he's isn't sure if he will share that information with the rest of the world or keep it a secret until gametime on September 1st.

"I have not thought about it in those terms, in terms of making a public announcement about the quarterback position because I've never had it in my mind that we were going to get there at a certain time," Kelly said. "If it's clear to me that we've got a No. 1 and there's a great separation there, then there's a possibility I could announce it. But I have not thought about it in those terms."

For Hendrix and Golson, it's an intriguing time---one they wouldn't mind ending and just cutting to the chase and finding out who "the guy" will be.

"I'm very anxious not only for me but for this team," Golson said. "For some teams, it can cause a distraction--really fumbling on who is going to be the quarterback. You never really know who on the team is going to get into the media. Once we get to that point, we are just going to move forward and get better."

Hendrix admits he's anxious too but in a different way.

"I'd like to get to September 1st because we get to play a football game," Hendrix said. "We are going to be in Ireland regardless of what happens. I'm really excited to get this season underway with these guys and show how hard we worked in the off season.

With all the focus on the quarterbacks, some are forgetting the backbone of the Irish remains its defense.

"There's only one word that we are focusing on and that's dominating," senior linebacker Manti Te'o explains of the philosophy on defense. "We want to dominate. The defense is focused on each and every rep and getting better. And we've done that."

One group that will change considerably on defense is the defensive backs.

"To have a close knit group of guys where everyone has their back, that's something special that you don't really get too many places," safety Zeke Motta says.

"I'm always confident in my defense," says fellow safety Jamoris Slaughter. "This year's defense looking really good. Everyone has good chemistry. I think it's going to be great."

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