Notre Dame receiver turned cornerback Barry Gallup Jr. took on another role this week as the Irish got ready to play host to Michigan.
Gallup also played quarterback as he took on the assignment of playing Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson at practices.
Coach Brian Kelly said the senior did a good job at preparing the defense to face the quarterback who ran for 197 yards against Connecticut last week.
"I will say Gallup did a great job of running that offense for us," Kelly said. "You get banged around a little bit. Gallup did a great job. We feel like we are prepared. There won't be any excuses that we couldn't demonstrate what kind of great player he is."
While Gallup doesn't have the same speed as Robinson, few do, Kelly said the senior was able to let the defense figure out leverage points and how to create levels in the defense to stop the Michigan sophomore.
Kelly and his staff have also used a combination of last week's game and game film from coach Rich Rodriguez's offenses at West Michigan to prepare for Robinson, who is starting over last year's starter Tate Forcier.
"I think we took some of the principles he had at West Virginia as well as this past week and put both together," Kelly said. "They are a bit of different team with Denard Robinson versus Tate Forcier."
What has been hard to prepare for is Michigan's defense.
The Wolverines play a 3-3-5 base, and Kelly said it is hard to decipher what the defense is going to do in certain situations because of Connecticut's offense.
"There was no red zone film," Kelly said. "UConn was in two tight ends and wing, and I haven't featured that formation much in my career. It is hard to tell from a defensive standpoint what we are going to get in certain areas of the field."