The Irish football team opened up camp on Saturday with Brian Kelly a lot more hands on with the quarterbacks than he's been in his three years at Notre Dame.
Kelly says this is how he used to be, a hands on coach, but when he arrived at Notre Dame that changed to his responsibilities in so many other areas. Now Kelly says it's time to get back to his coaching roots. He was pretty much serving as the Irish quarterbacks coach on Saturday.
"I just need to be, I just need to be involved," Kelly explained at Saturday's first practice. "I need to coach, I need to be in the trenches, I need to be around our guys. To be the effective leader, some are better sitting up on the tower and some are better hands on and I'm better [hands on]. I need to be a better head coach. Those are my strengths and I'm going to them."
Everett Golson ran the 1st team tempo offense to begin works out as the Irish search for their starting quarterback for the opener against Navy in four weeks. Andrew Hendrix and Gunner Kiel split 2nd team reps.
Tommy Rees also took reps and also assisted as an extra coach on the field. Rees, Notre Dame's starter to end each of the last two seasons, must sit out the season opener after an arrest in May.
Kelly said Golson got the nod Saturday due to his play in the spring game but that things will rotate. Kelly said Hendrix had a good practice Saturday and could lead things on Monday.
Running back Cierre Wood did not practice due to a mixup with medical paperwork. There was no injury and Wood is expected to be back on the field by the next practice.