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Notebook: Kelly says QBs are about more than numbers

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly didn't want fans to read too much into the statistics the quarterbacks put up in the Blue-Gold game Saturday.

The defense won the scrimmage 42-31 with quarterback Everett Golson have the best day on paper.

Golson completed 11 of 15 passes for 120 yards with two touchdowns and was the only quarterback not to throw an interception. The sophomore-to-be also ran for 25 yards on six carries.

"The stats really don't mean anything to me," Kelly said. "What I didn't like was that he's got to get the plays in quicker. "He's got to recognize the signaling.

"If I'm not out there getting guys set and making sure he knows what to play, we're going to have flags thrown all over the place. So those things don't mean as much to me as they do managing the offense. We're making progress there, but we're nowhere where we need to be."

The Irish aren't where the need to be when it comes to Tommy Rees, who started 12 of 13 games last season, and Andrew Hendrix.

Rees went 7 of 14 for 84 yards without a touchdown and with an interceptions. Hendrix was 4 of 9 for 51 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

"They can't make those mistakes and be the starter. They just can't," Kelly said. "Everett can't manage the game in the manner that he needs to. (GunnerKiel's) got to be up on the game more. So you can see, all of them need work, and we're excited to keep bringing them on."

On the move

Former Bishop Dwenger star Tyler Eifert was in plenty of places for the Irish Saturday.

The tight end lined up traditionally and occupied receiver positions during the Blue-Gold game.

Eifert finished with two catches for 56 yards. He also caught a 25-yard pass from Hendrix for a touchdown.

"It was good to get out there in a competitive environment, full go, and see where I'm at," Eifert said. "You don't get a chance to go live very much, when you do, it just feels good to get back out there."

Eifert said he was able to think less about his new duties during the scrimmage and just perform Saturday.

"That's definitely improved," Eifert said. "With as many reps as we take and repetition, things are coming easier."

Defense

Kelly didn't let his establish defensive players play much on Saturday.

Even thought linebacker Manti Te'o and defensive ends Kapron Lewis-Moore and Stephon Tuitt started, only Lewis-Moore recorded a tackle.

But the spring game wasn't a time for established players, it was for guys trying to crack the rotation.

Kelly said linebackers Anthony Rabasa, who had six tackles, and Jarrett Grace, who had three tackles, stood out.

"(Rabasa) plays really strong on the point of attack and did a really nice job," Kelly said. "Jarrett Grace is all over the field."

Kelly said he was also impressed by linebacker Ishaq Williams, who had three tackles, an interception and recovered a fumble, and defensive end Kona Schwenke, who had two tackles.

"I think we saw Ishaq Williams and his ability to drop in coverage. He's athletic. He's really come on for us," Kelly said. " Kona took the coin toss, our game day cap where Kona Schwenke and (former Bishop Dwenger star and receiver) John Goodman because our staff voted both of those players the most improved players in the spring. So that's why they're out there."

Lineman picks Irish

John Montelus, an offensive lineman from Everett (Mass.) High School, orally committed to the Irish, according to multiple reports.

The 6-foot-5, 293-pounder is rated a four-star recruit by Scout.com, and he is the fifth offensive lineman to commit to Notre Dame's Class of 2013. The Irish have 11 oral commitments.

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