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Notre Dame to relax but still work during bye week

The No. 2 team in the country does not play again until Black Friday against North Carolina
Published: Nov. 16, 2020 at 7:13 PM EST
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - The Irish get a well deserved break this bye week after their second 8-0 start in the last three seasons.

The Irish are not going anywhere this week due to the pandemic.

The players were tested for COVID-19 on Sunday and will be tested again on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Brian Kelly will have his team tone it down a bit this week but for the most part, the Irish are still preparing for their next game against North Carolina.

“We’ll have a full week of testing," Kelly said. "Our guys will be here because we are in exams. We will practice. We will have a normal schedule. Monday will be our normal weight training. We will watch the film. We will evaluate the film. We will practice Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday, we will go back in the weight room and then we will give them Friday, Saturday and Sunday off.”

The players say the bye week could not have come at a better time but they know there is still plenty of work to be done.

“I think this bye week is going to be helpful," Irish quarterback Ian Book said. "It’s going to be a great time to rest up and get our bodies back to where they need to be.”

The Irish believe where they need to be is in the ACC Championship. They think the rest they get in the bye week will help them get there.

“We’ve got to go back into this bye week and really work on the things we’ve got to work on," Irish defensive end Ade Ogundeji said. "We’ve got to tell all the young kids that including me, myself, and everybody else on the team. We’ve got to work on the little things. Work on the details so that we strive for that goal - that ACC Championship and that national championship.”

The No. 2 team in the country does not play again until Black Friday against North Carolina.

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