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Irish Insights


Sticking together

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly will try to create two balanced teams for Saturday's Blue-Gold Game by splitting up first-string and second-string players.

But one group will not be as evenly divided.

The offensive linemen will wear green jersey's Saturday and flip between the blue and gold teams.

"It's awesome to get to be a group together," center Braxston Cave said. "We will still be a little bit split up, but we will all be in the same jerseys. Our rotation will go as coach wants it to. It will be exciting to get out and compete in front of a bunch of people."

Cave said fans who come to Notre Dame Stadium or watch the game on TV, the 2 p.m. scrimmage will be televised by Versus, will see a much faster offensive line than it did last season.

"Everyone is up there ready to go," Cave said. "There is no thinking, no one has to say anything. I make a call and it's go, go, go. Before it was a lot of guys asking questions, but now that we got that year under belt, everybody is ready to go."

And while Kelly is not ready to name a starting quarterback for next season as spring practice closes, Cave said it has been fun to watch Dayne Crist, Tommy Rees, Andrew Hendrix and Everett Golson compete for the job.

"These guys are going out there every day knowing that there is a job to be earned," Cave said. "Dayne and Tommy have that confidence level from being there with that experience and doing it. Andrew and Everett are coming along very quick, but sometimes, I think they second guess themselves a little bit.

That's on the O-line there too, we can say, 'Come on. You got this. Take leadership. This is you.' We are there to encourage them. Every day is a learning experience for them. I was in those shoes last year, so I know what it is like. I'm here to help them out whenever they need it."