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More from Kelly

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly met with the media for 42 minutes and 39 seconds Tuesday. Here are some more tidbits from his news conference to preview Saturday's season opener against Temple.

On the most important thing he has changed since coming to Notre Dame four years ago: "I just think the ability to manage the 24 hours leading up to kickoff. You know, the pep rally and the luncheon and the demands on the players' time and getting all of those things accomplished. They're great things and we want to do them all. We want to be part of them. We want to be actively involved in them. We just wanted to make sure that they fit in a schedule that allowed our players the opportunity to really focus in on game time without being overloaded.

"I think we've come to a nice schedule in working with our administration that our players have a very similar schedule now that mirrors what we do on the road and what we do at home."

On if he has had to manage too many players trying to lead the defense: "No, no, I have not. I don't know that that has ever been, with this group, an issue. They all work hard. There's not a lot of chatter over each other. Most of them are guys that just go and do their job and get their work done. They know what's expected of them, and obviously Coach Diaco and his staff, the defensive guys do a great job of obviously articulating what's expected of them. Our program has set those parameters for them, as well, and they go and do their work. No, we haven't had that issue of too many chiefs on the defensive side of the ball.

On receiver Chris Brown: "I thought it was just OK. We expect a little bit more consistency from Chris. He's got great talent. He really worked hard this summer. I was really pleased with his summer work. He put on weight. He got to the level that we wanted him physically. Now we want to see a consistency out of him. "I don't want to compare him to anybody, but we went through this a little bit with other players in our program, where we demanded that consistency, and that's where we are with Chris. We want more consistency. We think he's got such a high ceiling. I mean, we think he can be a terrific football player. But if you rewind, this is pretty much my critique of most of the players in the program. We're looking for consistency across the board, because he has flashes where you go, wow, and then you go, what was that. So he's at that point now going into year two with us that we're looking for that consistent performance week in and week out. "

On freshman Max Redfield being in the mix to play at safety: "You know, I think Max is in the mix there. I think he has made great progress. He is not right now in that rotation. I think he is somebody that you need to keep an eye on that will be in that rotation, but he's not there yet. But he's going to play on Saturday. We obviously have high expectations for Max as we move through the season."

On linebacker Ishaq Williams: "Everything that I've seen, he's done cooking. I mean, he's ready to go. He's shown everything to me in practice. His preparation, his offseason, it just took a little bit longer, but I'm excited to watch him play on Saturday. He's done everything that we've asked him to do, hasn't said anything about, hey, I want to play at this position. We've asked him to play end, he's played end; he's at cat, he's done everything we've asked him to do. I'm really excited about watching him play."