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Getting physical for a reason, other notes

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly promised a physical week of practice after the Irish's loss to USC last weekend.

And while he has gotten that, Kelly was quick to point out that the contact being done in practice wasn't just about getting ready for Navy this Saturday or giving his players a wakeup call.

"It's about being accountable," Kelly said. "It's about doing it the right way all the time. We are in that conscience incompetence stage. They know how to do it. they either can't do it or won't do it. I've got to cure the can'ts and the won'ts.

"We can win three or four in a row, but we can't string together seven or eight or nine or 10 in a row, yet. I want to string together 12 or 13 in a row. We can string together three or four, and that's not good enough."

Johnson update

Kelly said defensive end Ethan Johnson has continued to make progress as the senior tries to return from a high right ankle sprain.

Johnson started practicing again on Tuesday in hopes of being able to contribute against Navy after missing Notre Dame's last two game.

But Kelly said the Irish are making sure Johnson doesn't push himself too hard.

"The one thing we said to Ethan is let's not take a step back in during the week," Kelly said. "He has a lot of experience as a player, and that's going to prove to be a benefit for him. He's getting more and more work. He's not going to be out there for 50 or 60 plays, but I'm confident we are going to be able to get some work on Saturday from him."

Finding Floyd

After receiver Michael Floyd was held to four receptions for 27 yards in a narrow 15-12 win over Pittsburgh on Sept. 24, Kelly said the Irish had to do a better job of getting the ball to the start senior.

Floyd caught 18 passes for 215 yards and scored two touchdowns in the next two games, wins over Purdue and Air Force.

But in the loss to USC, Floyd was limited to four catches for 28 yards.

"Our timing was off early in getting the ball to Mike," Kelly said. "We started to get into a flow, we got behind a little bit, which forced some one-on-one matchups. We missed him a couple of times in the red zone as well. I think if we were better timed up, if we were playing at a better level, a higher level, and some of it is Mike, too. Mike has to play at his level as well. Everybody shares their accountability in how they play."

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