Former Bishop Dwenger standout John Goodman made his first big contributions of the season for Notre Dame in a 37-14 loss to No. 16 Stanford on Saturday.
Goodman, who mainly contributed on special teams in the first three games, caught five passes for 59 yards.
"Practicing better, catching the football, holding on to it, finishing plays" coach Brian Kelly said of why Goodman was targeted more in Saturday's game. "He got a lot of confidence when he was at Michigan State, catching punts late in the game.
"Confidence is about doing. I think when he had some success at Michigan State (as a punt returner), really gained him some confidence. He had a really good week of practice. It showed in the game today."
Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist, whose first college touchdown throw was to Goodman last season, said Goodman's work ethic gave him a chance to show he can contribute.
"He's practicing better," Crist said. "He's continually working. Just making plays in practice, I mean, that's the quickest way to get on the field."