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Staying the course

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly isn’t looking to shakeup his offensive personnel after Saturday’s loss to Navy, especially when it comes to the offensive line and the running back rotation.

Kelly said he isn’t considering moving Trevor Robinson from right guard to tackle and will continue to rotate Taylor Dever and Matt Romine at the right tackle spot.

“Trevor’s got his hands full where he is,” Kelly said. “Romine and Dever are giving us what we thought. They are hardnosed kids, who are going to battle every play. We are trying to get the most out of those kids right now, and they are giving us everything they have.

“In terms of evaluating, I think both of those kids are going to continue to share that position. We got to play better inside, out as well. I think Romine and Dever both of those kids will battle it out and keep playing at that position.”

Dever played for the first time in two games against Navy after being sidelined by injury. Kelly said the senior looked OK in his return.

“He got a little tired later in the game, but he came out of it pretty good,” Kelly said.

As far as running backs go, Armando Allen and Cierre Wood still top the list, and Robert Hughes not playing against Navy was just Notre Dame sticking with its rotation.

“Armando and Cierre are one, two,” Kelly said. “If we were going to go to a third back, (Hughes) would be a third back. He played against Western (Michigan) because Armando was not healthy, so he was the second back. This is still pretty consistent on who the top three guys are. We got behind in the game, and Cierre gives us a little bit more out of the backfield.”

Kelly also said linebacker Dan Fox handled himself well when he came in to replace Carlo Calabrese, who was injured against Navy.

“He graded out OK,” Kelly said. “When I got here, I was a little concerned about Dan’s toughness, he was injured, and I questioned a little bit. He’s played physical since he’s gotten over the shoulder injury. I like his toughness; he just needs to play more. If he’s called upon, we feel confident he can go in there and play. He just needs to play more.”

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.