Notre Dame receivers coach Tony Alford was one of the offensive coaches to talk to reporters after Monday's practice. Here are some comments Alford made:
On how not having a depth chart helps the receivers and the players working with different groupings on a regular basis: "We're just trying to find the best guys. We are trying to find the combination of the best guys, and the best guys are going to play and play a lot. They can be anywhere. There are a lot of guys who have played different spots. … Guys are getting reps and getting shots. Hopefully, they will be guys we can count on. There is going to be more than a couple, we need bunches to play and be successful."
On the progress of former Bishop Dwenger standout John Goodman in the spread offense: "I think he is doing well. He's a smart kid and really conscientious. He's doing a nice job of working on some of the details of his game that we talked about. He's a neat kid. He's very indicative of the rest of the guys in that locker room, the guys we got on this team."
On losing Biletnikoff Award winner Golden Tate, who declared for the NFL draft, being easier because of the new offensive scheme: "I don't know. If you ever have a Golden Tate running around, I don't care what offense you run … if you run the wishbone you find the way. But that's college football, guys come and guys go. That's part of it. You come to play, you well and you go out. That's what you do. So it's just next man up. Now it's time for someone else to make plays and do what they came to Notre Dame to do."
On new coach Brian Kelly's daily interaction with the players: "I think it is just the daily interactions. We have the training table up stairs, that I know (former coach Charlie Weis) fought for but we have it now. It's about the coaches always being around the players and eating dinner with them and talking to them about things that are not necessarily football family, friends, school, whatever. We are here together. We can be a close nit team."