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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly met with the media for the final time Thursday before the No. 14 Irish's opener against Temple on Saturday.

His biggest announcement was that receiver Luke Massa, who was recruited to Notre Dame as a quarterback, will be the third-string QB as freshman Malik Zaire continues to recover from mononucleosis.

Here are some of Kelly's other thoughts before the game:

On quarterback Tommy Rees handling some of the line calls instead of center Nick Martin, who is starting for the first time in his career: "Tommy will handle a lot of that. Nick's going to make some of the calls, but we've made some adjustments with a younger center. Tommy will do a lot of that work."

On getting cornerback Josh Atkinson work at receiver: "He's going to take time. The guy can fly. He's fast as heck. I mean, he can run. It's going to take us a little time. We want to keep his skills as a (defensive back) … there's a lot of DBs that can play. I want to try and find a place to get him on the field, and I think we can find some roles for the kid. But it is going to take us some time to get him on the field offensively. We are working on him. We are trying to get some routes that he can handle. He's got to catch the ball more consistently. But he is all in to try and do that. I don't know when that's going to be, and it is going to take some time."

On receiver C.J. Prosise and the sophomore's role in the slot: "C.J.'s been steady for us. We're going to ask him to do some specific things. He's not going to be that guy like Robby Toma. Robby was on the field a lot for us. He's not going to fit in like Robby did. He's going to do different jobs, and he's going to do them well for us. He's not going to be an A-to-Z slot receiver for us like Robby was."

On being impressed by freshmen James Onwuala, a receiver, and Cole Luke, a cornerback: "(Onwualu) went from a guy that was a try-hard guy, whatever we asked him to do to he's (now) catching the ball much more consistently, route running. (Luke has) had to learn nickel, but now you're playing multiple coverages. … There's a lot on his plate. I think he's made some really good process."

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