Notre Dame opened practice on Wednesday focusing on special teams, specifically looking for newcomers who can help in the return and protection game.
Coach Brian Kelly said there was a good reason that the Irish opened practice punting and kicking off.
"We hadn't spent much time on our kickoff, kickoff return," Kelly said. "We wanted to get it in before contact, because the tendency is you throw it in late at practice, you don't get the same attention to detail. Because they all want a collision on the first day.
"I moved special teams up to get those young kids today a look and have the focus on that before we got into contact."
Freshman receiver DaVaris Daniels and freshman running back Cam McDaniel were the two newcomers getting the most work as return men on punts and kickoffs.
It wasn't always pretty, but Kelly said the rest of the week will give him a good idea of who can help in special teams.
"Today was a lot of teaching. It wasn't pretty at times," Kelly said. "There are definitely a few guys there that have a chance to be really good ones there for us.
"We will go at it again (Thursday) and probably Friday. If we don't see these guys becoming more comfortable, we will probably start to move in another direction."