There was plenty to see Wednesday as Notre Dame opened its practice for the media to view for the entire two hours.
Here are some other observations from practice:
There was a new name added to the possible punt returners Wednesday.
Running back Cierre Wood jumped into the fray, fielding punts along with Theo Riddick, Davnote' Neal and Chris Brown.
Coach Brian Kelly said Wood is one of many options the Irish are trying on punt return right now. Kelly said the plan is to whittle the list of possible return men down over the next couple of weeks.
John Goodman, a Bishop Dwenger graduate, didn't field punts during practice. The fifth-year senior was the main punt returner last season. He was used because of his sure hands, and while he was reliable on fair catches, Goodman wasn't much of a return threat.
One of the more entertaining moments during practice came after quarterback Andrew Hendrix overthrew DaVaris Daniels in the end zone after the sophomore receiver worked hard to get away from cornerback Bennett Jackson.
Offensive coordinator Chuck Martin expressed his displeasure with the out-of-bounds throw by saying, "He's burning calories for no reason." Martin then implored his quarterbacks to keep the ball in play.
Tight end Tyler Eifert, another Dwenger graduate, had a couple of nice touchdown catches, hauling in one over safety Jamoris Slaughter and another over Zeke Motta.
Neal, Brown and Justin Ferguson all looked like they are ready to contribute, with Brown really standing out.
Brown, a 6-foot-2, 172-pounder from Hanahan,S.C., showed really good speed Wednesday.
He made a nice leaping touchdown catch over Cam McDaniel during the red zone drill. He also hauled in a 70-yard touchdown pass from Everett Golson, an 11-yard catch between three defenders from Golson and a 21-yard catch-and-run from Hendrix.
"We've thrown a lot at them," Kelly said of the freshmen. "We've got what we feel are three talented young men in Ferguson, Davonte' Neal and Chris Brown. We're getting them reps. They're in there. I think they all have a chance to contribute as true freshmen.
"It's kind of early to really say for sure, but we're not afraid to put them out there and they're certainly not afraid to play. I think when you really look at the young guys that compete, those are the guys that really have confidence in their ability to go out there. All three of them are very confident in themselves. We're going to keep putting them out there with the first group and keep them in our rotation and let them get some action. We scripted a lot today for those young guys."
Lo Wood and Jackson appear to be closing in on securing the starting spots this season.
Jackson came up with an interception during practice, and Wood provided good coverage throughout scrimmages and during red zone drills.
Kelly also moved freshman Elijah Shumate from safety to corner to create more depth at the position, which also has converted running back Cam McDaniel, sophomore Josh Atkinson and freshman Jalen Brown competing for playing time.
"We certainly feel like Bennett is accomplished at the position where we feel like he's close to nailing down a position," Kelly said. "I think it's still very competitive. Josh Atkinson is in there, clearly. Cam McDaniel has done a really, really good job.
"But if you ask me after the first five days the guy that's really impressed the staff the most it's been Lo Wood. He's 192 pounds up from 178. Breaking on the ball, tackling, communicating. I'm not anointing him that guy, but of the three that I've just mentioned, I've really noticed Lo and Cam."