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Irish Insights


Getting better

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly didn't mix his words when the team held its last practice before Easter break March 31.

Kelly said the team stunk.

But when the Irish returned to practice Wednesday, Kelly said he felt the team kept its concentration and moved closer to the type of practice he expects.

"We had a week from last Wednesday's practice, and it gave everybody an entire week to sit down with their playbook and just learn," tight end Kyle Rudolph said after Wednesday's practice. "I felt like (Wednesday) you could tell guys weren't thinking they were just playing. When you don't have to think about it and it just clicks and you don't have to think about it, you can run around and have a lot of emotion."

The Irish impressed their coach as the players dealt with less than ideal conditions.

Notre Dame began Wednesday practicing in the rain then moved inside when lightning was spotted in the area but moved back outside to finish in the rain when it was safe.

"We didn't know what kind of weather we would get (Wednesday), but it was more about making sure that we are challenged with a greater sense of commitment," quarterback Dayne Crist said. "And that we are being tested mentally. I think being out here (Wednesday) is good for us. We are not going to play in great weather year round. This is South Bend, you are not going to get that. Any practice we can get in inclement weather is good for us in the long run."