Tuesday, October 17, 2017 1:40 pm
Brandon Wimbush '100 percent' healthy
CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette
Coming out of the bye week, Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush is 100 percent healthy, coach Brian Kelly announced Tuesday at his weekly news conference.
Wimbush sat out the Irish's last game, a 33-10 win at North Carolina on Oct. 7. The first-year starter had been nursing a foot injury, one he apparently suffered Sept. 30 against Miami (Ohio).
A magnetic resonance imaging test showed a Grade 1 strain, but that's healed now.
"No questions about his health," Kelly said. "No health issues at all."
Here are more things to know as No. 13 Notre Dame (5-1) prepares for Saturday's showdown with No. 11 Southern California (6-1) at Notre Dame Stadium:
- Starting outside linebacker Greer Martini suffered a knee injury at practice. The injury apparently isn't serious. Kelly lists Martini's status as day-to-day. "Both Greer and (top backup) Te'von (Coney) have played well," Kelly said.
- Kelly was asked whether backup defensive tackle Elijah Taylor, who has not played this season, is out for the year. "Yeah, Elijah will not play," Kelly replied. "That foot has not healed to the level that it needs to."
- Notre Dame is tied for 11th in the FBS in turnover margin (plus-7), while USC will give the ball away (16 turnovers). "I think everybody nationally knows about (USC quarterback Sam Darnold) and what he can do," Kelly said. "Heisman Trophy candidate."
- Kelly expects safeties Nick Coleman and Jalen Elliott to be tested with a few deep balls. "There's no protecting anybody in the back end of our defense on Saturday," Kelly said. "They're going to have to play well."
- It's tough to predict how much Kevin Stepherson's role will increase in the second half of the season, but Kelly said it will. The sophomore wide receiver returned from an apparent four-game suspension and has caught only one pass the last two games. "He had a really good off week," Kelly said. "This week, you'll see more of him. As we progress over the next half of this season, our expectations are to see his role increase."