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Kelly is still undecided on backup QB

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is still undecided on who the next quarterback in would be if Everett Golson needed to come out of Saturday's home opener against Purdue.

Kelly told reporters after Thursday's practice that Andrew Hendrix and Tommy Rees are both ready to play.

Rees returned from a one-game suspension this week because of an arrest in May. Kelly said he liked what he saw from the junior who has started 16 games the last two seasons.

"I think he continues to get better in ball position and ball placement and putting it away from the defenders," Kelly said. "Obviously, we had too many turnovers last year. What level the ball should be, those kinds of things are the best.

"He still has room to work on a couple of things mechanically. He has a low arm slot. Sometimes the ball comes out in an area that I don't want it to. So we are working on mechanics. He has the mental end of it down. You know what I mean? Some of the mechanics we are still trying to clean up."

Linebacker Carlo Calabrese is also back from suspension and will play this weekend, Kelly said.

As for running back Amir Carlise, the USC transfer will not play against Purdue.

Carlise has been slow to recover from a broken ankle he suffered in the spring, and Kelly said while he was able to practice this week, Carlise is still getting comfortable in Notre Dame's offense.

"He's had a good week, but he's not ready to play in the system," Kelly said. "We feel he's getting closer to where he physically can get some reps, but it's going to take him a little more time.

"But it was good to get him out there as this is really his first week of true practice. So we try to make it a case of first week really of preseason camp for him, and that's kind of where he was at."

Kelly did not rule out holding Carlise out this season to preserve a year of eligibility. The running back was granted a waiver from the NCAA to play this year instead of sitting out under the transfer rule.

"Rules are you have to do it within the first six games, so you have to make that decision and we'll see where we are," Kelly said. "We're counting on playing him, but we leave those options open for a number of guys."