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Irish Insights


What's in a name?

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly wants to get one thing clear, his team doesn't run the wildcat.

It runs the Leprechaun.

And the reason is obvious.

"Because we are Notre Dame," Kelly said with a smile while correcting a reporter on the name of the package when running back Armando Allen lines up to take the snap with receiver Theo Riddick in the backfield.

The Irish broke out their Leprechaun package against Stanford last Saturday, and Kelly said it offers the offense a change of pace and helps protect starting quarterback Dayne Crist.

"We feel like in our package, the quarterback has traditionally been part of this package that we have in, we are being careful with Dayne, and it gives us some things schematically that can help us win," Kelly said. "I think two real good threats. If the ball comes out into Theo's hands, he has a real good opportunity to do things on the perimeter. Obviously inside-out, Armando is a very good runner. We have a couple of passes in there too. "