Notre Dame has three cornerbacks with experience and playmaking ability in seniors Darrin Walls and Gary Gray and junior Robert Blanton.
But coach Brian Kelly wants to see more from Gray, who had only one interception last season.
"Gary Gray's got to play big for us, but Gary Gray is a guy who has not been consistent enough on a day-to-day basis," Kelly said. "But look, at the end of the day, you got (Robert) Blanton, you got (Darrin) Walls and you got Gary Gray, and those are the three guys who've got experience. Other than that, we are tapping into zero experience.
"So you know, he hears it from me every day. He's got to pick up his play. He's got to play consistent. But if he does, I think we've got three really good corners there, and a fourth that's going to be maybe inexperienced but coming on."
Kelly said he is focused on getting consistent play from all of the cornerbacks, but he is not judging it purely on the plays they make.
Instead, Kelly is focusing on if they are focused and giving maximum effort every day. And that mentality is what Kelly is trying to get out of Gray.
" Gary every once in a while needs a reminder that he's got to bring his A game every single day," Kelly said. "Last I checked, I don't think he's ready to go to the Hall of Fame. He needs to understand that that's the expectations we have of him. And he does. I'm not here to say that he's not doing it. But believe me, I'm pretty good about over communicating my message to him of what I want."