Last season, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly joked about putting quarterback Dayne Crist – who was returning from a knee injury – in bubble wrap at practice so the starter wouldn't get hurt.
Crist is returning from a knee injury again this year, and keeping him from getting hit is still a concern as the senior competes for the starting job with Tommy Rees, Andrew Hendrix and Everett Golson.
"Dayne and Tommy won't be in a contact situation," Kelly said. "Everett will definitely be in a contact position because he put the ball on the ground too many times. We've got to bang him around a little bit more and get him secure in the football. Andrew, we're probably going to have to let him get tackled, too, because he's a threat running the football. At what level we'll do that, he'll probably get one shot at it where he's live, and that's about it."
Kelly said he isn't concerned about Crist going through a second straight fall practice without contact.
"He's just going to have to prepare himself," Kelly said. "He did a great job of preparing himself last year without contact."
For more on Notre Dame's quarterback situation, read today's story in The Journal Gazette or on www.journalgazette.net.