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Irish Insights

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    Three more Notre Dame players were named to watch lists.
  • Brindza on Lou Groza watch list
    Notre Dame's Kyle Brindza was named to the preseason watch list for the 2014 Lou Groza Award. The Lou Groza Award is given annually to the nation's best placekicker.
  • Two more Irish land on watch lists
    Notre Dame center Nick Martin was placed on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, given annually to the nation's best player at that position.

Kelly tidbits

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly was asked about some specific players during his Sunday teleconference.

Here is what he had to say:

On quarterback Everett Golson being able to build off throwing for 200 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions and running for 39 yards with a TD in Saturday's 21-6 win over Boston College: "I think setting his feet, I thought he did a much better job. There are areas that we can do a better job with him.

"And then I like the way he ran north and south. He stuck his foot in the ground and really picked up some key yardage for us in running the football, and I think what we're going to see here is a guy that can hurt you both at throwing it, escapability and then throwing the football.

"Ball execution was really good, and if we trend that way and continue, then we've got the makings of a quarterback that's getting to the level we need him to be."

On how linebacker Manti Te'o graded out after having only five tackles but intercepting a pass against BC: "There were a number of times where they were trying to attack him specifically, and what I really, really liked about Manti is he was 1/11 of the defense. In other words, he did his job. He didn't try to do more. And that's just the mark of a great player, that he kept his eyes on his work and played really solid football for us.

On linebacker Ishaq Williams' progress: "You know, he's playing a lot faster. I think that's probably the thing that stands out the most.

"And he's making progress to the level where he could be a guy that really influences the football game. He made some plays on Saturday (against Boston College) where he tracked down some plays from the opposite end. But it's just understanding how to play the game, and he's getting better at that, and we're seeing it tangibly on film each and every week, and he is, as well."

On nose tackle Louis Nix III getting chippy at the end of Saturday's game: "I think the big fellas were grinding on each other all game, and it seemed to get a little … maybe a little personal in there. But certainly we talked to Louis, and he understands that he's got to control his emotions.

"I think any time late in the game like that and it gets a little chippy, I think the officials are going to make certain that it doesn't escalate. So I can't fault them on that. Louis was … I'll give you the specifics. He felt like one of his teammates, somebody took a cheap shot at him, and he didn't like that."