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Irish healthy after needed win

Notre Dame emerged from Saturday’s 56-14 win over Navy with a better outlook mentally and unscathed physically.

Irish freshman Chase Hounshell did suffer a slight shoulder injury, coach Brian Kelly said during his Sunday teleconference, but the injury will not keep the defensive end from missing practice this week as the Irish (5-3) prepare to play at Wake Forest (5-3)

(Hounshell) will be back on the field on Tuesday, and nothing will keep anybody out of playing time. Very fortunate to get out of the game without any injuries,” Kelly said.

Kelly also addressed keeping starting quarterback Tommy Rees in the game with Notre Dame leading Navy 49-7 with 10:54 to play.

Rees threw an interception to end his last series Saturday, and he was in because of a miscommunication between Kelly and the coaches.

“Backup quarterback Dayne Crist) didn’t get enough snaps,” Kelly said. “I probably should have done a better job communicating upstairs with our coaches in wanting to get Dayne in. He hadn’t gotten enough snaps, because (backup center Mike Golic Jr.) was already in. He was going to go in with Golic, but didn’t get enough snaps. We waited a few plays, until he got a few more snaps.”

Crist led Notre Dame on its final scoring drive Saturday when he did come in. The senior, who lost the starting job at halftime of the season opener, guided a 53-yard, 10-play drive by completing 3 of 3 passes for 23 yards and rushing twice for nine yards. The drive ended with freshman George Atkinson III scoring on a 1-yard run.

He gave me the thumbs up that he was ready, and we put him right in,” Kelly said.

Read Monday’s The Journal Gazette or return to www.journalgazette.net after 3 a.m. for more of what Kelly had to say Sunday.

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