Notre Dame cornerback Robert Blanton had one habit that Brian Kelly didn't like when the Irish coach took over the program last season.
Blanton talked too much.
Kelly said he told Blanton to cease the chatter on the field and let the play do his talking for him.
"It was a great conversation. ... I make sure I listen to him and do everything he says. He's the head coach and I'm always willing to take coaching," Blanton said of Kelly's instructions to stop talking trash.
Blanton hasn't just taken Kelly's mandate to stop trash talking to heart, the senior is also producing for Notre Dame.
He has 16 tackles, four for loss, and two interceptions through three games this season.
And he has kept his talkative personality away from the field.
"If you meet him off the field, he hasn't stopped talking. He can go now," Kelly said. "It's great that he's got that kind of personality. He just doesn't talk on the field. He does it with his actions, which is what I expect of him."
For more on Blanton, read Wednesday's Journal Gazette or return to www.journalgazette.net after 3 a.m.