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Notre Dame practice

Notre Dame began fall practice Saturday morning. Here is the first-team offense's tempo drill with Everett Golson at quarterback.

Practice report: Day 1

Notre Dame opened fall practice on a hot late morning Saturday in South Bend.

Running back Cierre Wood did not take part in practice during the media viewing portion. Coach Brian Kelly is scheduled to meet with the media after practice and is expected to provide an update on the senior's condition.

Also, sophomore offensive guard Brad Carrico's career appears to be over. Carrico, who didn't play as a freshman, suffered a foot injury and will take a medical scholarship.

There was also a visitor at practice. Penn State receiver commitment Will Fuller observed the drills.

As for the practice, not much could be gleaned about the quarterback race as the team is not in pads on Day 1 of practice.

Everett Golson did run the first-team offense during the tempo drill, with Andrew Hendrix and Gunner Kiel splitting time with the second team.

Along with Golson, the first team was made up of receivers John Goodman, TJ Jones and Robby Toma, running back Theo Riddick, tight end Tyler Eifert and the offensive line, from left to right, was Zack Martin, Chris Watt, Braxston Cave, Mike Golic Jr. and Christian Lombard.

The second team had receivers Daniel Smith, Davonte Neal (a freshman who looked very quick during slot receiver/running back drills) and DaVaris Daniels, running back George Atkinson III, tight ends Ben Koyack and Alex Welch (split time) and the offensive line, from left to right, was Jordan Prestwood, Conor Hanratty, Matt Hegarty, Nick Martin and Tate Nichols.

Quarterbacks

During the media viewing portion, the quarterbacks worked a lot on footwork and moving in the pocket.

The quarterbacks started by shuffling through pads on the ground, with Kelly harping on them to keep their front toe pointed out. Kelly also told the quarterbacks, who went in order of Hendrix, Golson, Tommy Rees, Kiel and walk-on Charlie Fiessinger, to take it slowly.

Later, the quarterbacks went through a drill of moving around in the pocket. Beanbags were thrown at their feet and they had to slide to them.

After a fourth bag was thrown, the quarterback quickly moved to it, set and fired a pass.

During this drill, there was a sequence that had to make Kelly and offensive coordinator Chuck Martin wince when Golson and Hendrix lost the ball.

The two quarterbacks both had the ball slip out of their hands behind them. Golson also lost his shoe with the ball.

Slot receivers/running backs

While I spent most of the time watching quarterbacks, I did catch a little of Tony Alford working with his group.

Alford was working with the receivers and running backs on recognizing coverage when I observed them.

Using Riddick, then Toma, to walk through the goal of the drill, Alford wanted the slot receiver to recognize coverages by first identifying whether the safety was going to come up or move to the middle, then locate where the cornerback was.

Alford stressed not getting trapped on the sideline by the corner and taken out of the play.

Alford's advice after making sure the safety wasn't going to come and help, and getting the cornerback to bite on a deeper throw: Stop after 10 yards and the receiver would have a reception by accident.

Be back with more from Notre Dame after Kelly and some players talk after practice.

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