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Insights from Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly talked about a few players specifically during his Sunday teleconference.

Here is what he had to say about them.

On defensive end Stephon Tuitt, who has one tackle in the last two games: "This is probably his best game of the year (against Purdue), in terms of just being on every play. Just physically at the point of attack, two-gapping, doing the things we want him to do, effort level. Really liked his play."

On middle linebacker Jarrett Grace, who had a team-high 10 tackles in Saturday's 31-24 win over Purdue: "He's getting more reps and playing better and better at that position. That's a three-man rotation, and you earn your playing time. He's gotten more play at that position based upon the plays that he's making. That position continues to evolve."

On Grace's spot in the linebacker rotation with seniors Dan Fox and Carlo Calabrese: "It's always been a three-man rotation there. Foxy is a guy that is playing Mike and Will, and we just want to keep all three of those guys active as much as we can. We've got two seniors and Jarrett is a guy that is keeping it very competitive. We will keep evaluating that week to week. We've got obviously a guy that is starting to make some plays at the Mike linebacker position, but we've got two seniors there that we like a well."

On being able to motivate receiver DaVaris Daniels, who caught two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to ignite the No. 22 Irish's rally against Purdue: "Once in a while, DD is a guy that you can get after a little bit, and he responds. All we were saying to DD is that he's going to have to make big plays for us. It wasn't that he was sleepy-eyed or wasn't into the game. He's just one of those guys that you can go up to and coach him and say, 'We need you to step up. It's time.' We told him, 'Hey, the ball is going to come to you. You are going to have to make some big plays.' And he responded in kind."

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