The Fighting Irish opened spring training camping on Wednesday with the eternal optimism of every new season along with the anxiousness of trying to outrun the dark clouds of last season. While losing a number of key cogs of last season’s team, including quarterback DeShown Kizer, Coach Kelly brings in a top-25 recruiting class to an already talent-laden team. But beyond slotting names into positions, Coach Kelly is face with finding a cure for the malaise that infected last year’s team.
The Irish have six weeks of spring camp culminating with the Blue-Gold game on April 22. Irish coach Brian Kelly laid out the schedule for the next six weeks, which include 14 practice sessions prior to the spring game. Notre Dame has made a number of tactical changes and will be welcoming six new coaches including new offensive coordinator Chip Long and defensive coordinator Mike Elko. But more importantly, Kelly will try to find an answer for Notre Dame’s inability to finish games as the repeatedly loss leads. Kelly has decided to take a more hands-on approach to the team this year. “It’s pretty clear that my players want me to be more involved with the entire football team,” Kelly commented. “They like it when I’m there in the morning. They like when I’m around. They like when I’m having breakfast with them. They like when I’m available to them.”
Chief among objectives for spring is to settle on a new quarterback. The heir apparent is Junior Brandon Wimbush is a herald dual threat quarterback from New Jersey. The other player in the mix is freshman pro-style quarterback, Ian Book from California. Kelly plans for Wimbush to handle 60 percent of the snaps with Ian Book take 40 percent. Both players will be under the tutelage of Notre Dame alumni Tommy Rees who has returned as the new quarterback coach.