Notre Dame football spring practice begins

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - 63 days ago, the Irish walked off the field at AT&T Stadium in tears but motivated for the upcoming season.

Notre Dame held it's first spring practice this morning.

The Irish have been in a conditioning program but this is the first time they took the field with their helmets and starting running drills.

"Man, it always feels good to get back on the field," Irish safety Jalen Elliott said. "We just have to fine tune some things and get ready to work. That's what this spring will be about."

Coach Kelly says the guys that need to look good have looked really good so far.

"You get into some team time and you want to see a competitive environment with guys who know how to practice the right way and that was certainly the case," Kelly said. "A lot of good things you would expect in the first day with a group that clearly shows the standards of how to practice the right way."

The players are all excited to be back in the swing of things to start preparing for the upcoming season.

"It's always nice to transition and play some real football," Irish offensive tackle Robert Hainsey said. "We've been doing drills throughout the winter but it was a lot of fun getting out there just move around and go against the defense, go against our guys too and run some plays as an offense as a collective. It feels really good, really smooth obviously a lot of work to do but I feel really good about how we started today."