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Kelly unsure what to know of Temple's new staff, players

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 6:02 pm

SOUTH BEND - Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly met with the media on Tuesday at the Guglielmino Athletics Complex in advance of Saturday's season opening game against Temple in South Bend (3:30 p.m., NBC).

Here are some excepts of what the fourth-year coach had to say on various topics.

On competing again:

"We're all excited about game week here at Notre Dame, and certainly getting back on the field for our football team after a loss is the best recipe for any football team. It's been a long time since we played that last game, and a lot of work, a lot of preparation leading into this first game against Temple."

On Temple's new coaching staff:

"We're playing an opponent that certainly, with Coach(Matt) Rhule taking over, we don't know a lot about. We do know this: That Matt tutored under Al Golden. We know the success that Al has had, and I have a great deal of respect for Al and his program and the discipline and organization that the Temple football team is going to have in this game, as well as working for Coach Coughlin, you know that this football team is going to be ready."

On handling the unexpected:

"We don't know exactly what we're going to see. We think we do, but I think this is one of those openers where we're going to have to kind of make some adjustments along the way, and they've got some good football players."

On implementing the Pistol offense:

"How much we use the pistol will be determined really for us in terms of game plan week to week. We just think it's another piece that we can use to get some downhill runs. I don't think we've turned into a pistol offense. We're still a shotgun offense that will operate similar to what we have in the past."

On the defensive line depth:

"Well, I think right now Kona (Schwenke) has some flexibility where he could play some four and five technique for us. So I think you've got some flexibility. We think Tyler Stockton can come in and get some plays for us. You could obviously put that math together and figure that third rotation could be Tyler Stockton with Kona playing a little bit, as well."

On improving the punt return game:

"Well, I think I first said at the press conference that he really wants to do this job. I think you have to have that want and desire and belief that you can be really good at it. I think second, we've really looked at a number of areas within our special teams where we can help him in returns. We did an extensive off season study."