Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly covered a number of topics after Friday's first two-a-day practice of the season. Here are some of the subjects he discussed with the media.
On tight end Mike Ragone, who suffered from a heat-related illness Wednesday and was watching practice in shorts and a T-shirt Friday: "He's bounced back well. It's hot out; it's hot every where in the country. We've got to be cautious, and make sure that we take the proper steps to getting him back here. Hopefully, we do that in the next couple of days."
On not changing how he operates practice after what happened to Ragone: "We have established protocol. With the heat index, we have prescribed times when we take water and take our helmets off. We have them in place. That's why I've been doing it for 20 years. Sometimes we just have a situation like that, and you hope that things work out. Mike's bounced back nicely, and we have a great training staff that was there."
On the situation with sophomore cornerback E.J. Banks, who is currently not on the football team but still enrolled in school: "I talked to his dad. Their intensions are to stay in school. If that happens, then I will consider putting him back on the team in a scout team capacity.
"That's really their call. They are going to have to decide their situation, relative to what they want to do."
On a time frame of when Banks' situation will be resolved: "He's got to get rolling on it right away. The indication I got from them is that they are staying at Notre Dame."
On if it is a discipline issue with Banks: "Not with me."
On if there are any more possible moves for offensive players to the defensive secondary after receiver Barry Gallup Jr. started working with the cornerbacks this week: "We are fine. With Gallup over there, it gives us a fifth-year senior, smart kid, if we get into trouble there; we got a pretty sharp kid we can put in there. I'm really happy with Lo Wood, he's come on. I know coach (Chuck) Martin feels really good with the four guys we are working together out there are working together pretty good."
On outside linebacker Steve Filer working with the first-team defense Friday: "He's earned the opportunity to go with the ones. We are not going to play for another couple of weeks. Now his job is can he hold on to it.
"He's extremely athletic. Steve was more interested in what kind of skateboard he had when I got out here. He's not interested in skateboards any more. He's interested in playing football, and that athletic ability is starting to show itself on the football field."
On center Dan Wenger and offensive tackle Matt Romine not practicing Friday afternoon: "They both had their bell rung in the morning. That's a euphemism. They had concussion symptoms. We have to go through another procedure there. Which requires us to go through 24 hours and they have to take a test. We got to take that serious. We think they will be back tomorrow.
On allowing NFL scouts at practices after Florida and Alabama barred the scouts from practice: "I think security for your football team is very important. I don't believe that banning the NFL scouts from your team is going to help with the agent problem. I think that was more of a message, maybe, more than anything else. From our end, I'm not going to give into all of those kinds of messages. We are simply going to try to protect our kids and educate them on making good decisions. Our practices will be open to NFL scouts."