SOUTH BEND – Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said he doesn’t feel the need to hold too much back when it comes to the plays the Irish will run during Saturday’s Blue-Gold game, even though the scrimmage will be televised by NBC Sports Network.
Kelly said Wednesday the only thing the Irish will not show is their game plan for Temple, which Notre Dame opens the season against Aug. 31.
You can get on YouTube and get anything, Kelly said. I just don’t think there are a ton of secrets any more. I think you are not going to see us run a lot of game-plan type of things, but we are going to run what we run.
What will limit what Notre Dame can run is the number of players available for the game.
Kelly said linebacker Dan Fox, safety Nicky Baratti, cornerback Bennett Jackson, defensive lineman Chase Hounshell, running back Amir Carlisle, receiver Corey Robinson and walk-on running back Tyler Plantz will not play because of injuries.
Fox, Baratti, Jackson and Hounshell all have shoulder injuries, with Hounshell out for the season after re-injuring his right shoulder during spring practice.
Kelly said Robinson, an early enrollee, has a hyperextended elbow.
Carlisle suffered a separated shoulder during the spring, and though he has practiced, Kelly said his back is not ready for full contact.
We’ve got a few guys that won’t compete, nothing serious, Kelly said.
Kelly said cornerback Lo Wood and receivers Chris Brown and DaVaris Daniels, who all dealt with injuries during the spring, are expected to play Saturday.
The game will be structured like it was last year with the offense going against the defense.
I know it’s the thrilling scoring system that you all wait for, Kelly said of not playing a true game. We just don’t have the numbers. Hopefully, I’m standing here next year at this time with a full stock of offensive linemen and (defensive backs) and wide receivers. That is really holding us back from splitting the squads up into a true Blue-Gold scrimmage.
The only change will be the uniforms – the defense will be in blue and the offense in white.
The Irish will not go live with their special team units, but Kelly said Kyle Brindza will punt during the game. The clock will stop during the first half, but the second half will likely be played with a running clock, Kelly said.
While Saturday’s scrimmage will not be played like a true game, Kelly said he wants to use it as a way to get players used to playing in Notre Dame Stadium.
We will have everybody on the same sideline and really try to create a game-day atmosphere, especially for a lot of the young guys, Kelly said.
I want them to go through pregame. I want them to go through the tunnel. I want them to get into a game-like atmosphere.