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Irish Insights

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Winning is the key

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly kept his answer pretty simple when defining what would be a successful season for the Irish during his pre-camp news conference Friday.

"I think it is the same any time you play a game that is worth keeping score, it is something you want to win. I think success for us is winning," said Kelly, who led Notre Dame to 8-5 records in each of his first two seasons. "We know full well that success is going to be judged by wins."

What wasn't has simple for Kelly to answer is who will start for Notre Dame at quarterback in the season opener against Navy on Sept. 1 in Duplin, Ireland.

Tommy Rees is out of the running for the start in the first game. The junior and senior linebacker Carlo Calabrese were suspended for the opener because of their arrests on May 3.

Kelly will chose between junior Andrew Hendrix, sophomore Everett Golson and freshman Gunner Kiel for the starting job in the first game.

Kelly said he wants to make a decision with enough time to prepare for Navy.

"We want to be able to give the quarterback for Navy a lot of reps leading into the game," Kelly said.

Kelly didn't rule out using two quarterbacks in the season opener and wouldn't commit to the Week 1 starter staying in place all season.

"I think everything is on the table," Kelly said. "I don't think we've taken anything off the table at the quarterback position."

Notre Dame will begin practice Saturday with only one player unavailable.

Safety Austin Collinsworth will not participate in practice as he continues to recover from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, Kelly said. Collinsworth could be available by late October or early November, Kelly said.

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