Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist said coach Brian Kelly wanted him to show a little more emotion in games.
While the coach wants his quarterback to be even keel, Crist said Kelly let him know it is OK to be a little more animated at times.
"He explained to me there are certain times when you've got to wear stuff on your sleeve a little bit more. And it's OK to respond negatively and be upset about certain things," Crist said. "So that is something that I'll definitely try to incorporate as well. You know, it's one of those things where he said 99 percent of the game we want you to be cool and calm like you've been doing. And there are certain times when you can go out and wear it on your sleeve a little bit more. So that will come.
"And then, again, with the leadership thing we just talked that it's really easy to lead when things are going well and you're winning and the offense is clicking. But making sure that you're continuing to be a leader when things aren't going so well. But we talked about it. There was no negativity going into the conversation. We just talked and that's what we do, and we'll move forward from it."
Kelly said Crist was a little off on his assessment of their conversation, but that most the message was right on about being able to show a little more emotion.
"The quarterback position is such that, he's got to be able to lead in certain situations through some bravado, some form of emotion, sometimes I think he gets caught on being too laid back," Kelly said. "Even keel is fine. But if a bomb blows up next to you, and you're the guy who detonated it, you got to be able to show that affects you a little bit.
We are working to that. It is a process. He's getting to know me. I'm getting to know him.
"I want him even keel all the time. But certain events are going to cause you to react, and there are a lot of eyes on you. How you respond to those kinds of situations says a lot."