Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly started the week talking about needing better play on special teams.
He said running back Cierre Wood needed to do a better job on kickoff returns, and on Thursday, he said everyone playing a part on special teams is on notice going into Saturday's game against No. 16 Stanford.
"We've taken our lumps on some effort things, more so than we have schematically," Kelly said. "One of the things I had mentioned in the press conference earlier in the week, I didn't like the effort of some of our veteran players on special teams. They are going to have to pick up their play.
"This has been more of a. look here is your last shot, or you are not going to go to (Boston College). I'm not putting you on the bus if you are the third-string whatever position. If you are not giving us great effort on special teams then I'm just going to leave you at home."
Kelly said having special teams coach Mike Elston, who missed the last two games because of a viral infection, helps, but not having Elston for more than a week wasn't the reason for special teams breakdowns.
"You always want somebody that has been around that group with you," Kelly said. "All things being equal, you want Mike Elston there. But if you break down special teams, it came down to some effort things that Mike would not have stood for nor did our coaches."