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Irish Insights


Irish focus on present

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said at his Tuesday news conference that his team is not looking back at it prepares to play host to Michigan on Saturday night.

The No. 18 Wolverines (2-1) have defeated the No. 11 Irish (3-0) in Kelly's first two seasons, beating Notre Dame 28-24 in 2010 and 35-31 last year.

Last season's game was a stunning defeat, as Michigan rallied from a 24-7 deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Notre Dame when quarterback Denard Robinson hit Roy Roundtree for a 16-yard touchdown pass with two seconds to play.

"They don't talk about it at all," Kelly said of the 2011 loss. "They just want to win games."

The Irish will talk about Robinson plenty this week. The Wolverines quarterback was responsible for 498 total yards in the 2010 victory at Notre Dame Stadium, and he accounted for 446 total yards last year at Michigan.

"He's a superior football player," Kelly said. "He's a difference-maker. We have to find a way to limit big-chunk plays, just like we have the first few weeks."

Kelly said his team is also going about its work as it did in the first weeks of the season, and has not been distracted by the Irish's first 3-0 start since 2002 or that it is ranked the highest it's been since 2006.

"We didn't give out any rings yesterday," Kelly said. "We've got a long ways to go."

Kelly also provided some injury updates Tuesday.

He said receiver DaVaris Daniels (ankle) and defensive end Sheldon Day (knee) are probable for Saturday's game.

Kelly said safety Jamoris Slaughter, whose season ended with an Achilles injury against Michigan State, likely will not be able to receive a sixth year of eligibility. The fifth-year senior didn't play as a freshman in 2008.

"We are still kind of vetting through all that right now," Kelly said. "The early indication is we couldn't tell you one way or the other. We'll do some more work before we are ready to publicly comment on it."

Kelly also said that right guard Mike Golic Jr. was named to the All-State AFCA Good Works team for his work in the community.

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.