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In his words: Notre Dame coach talks on Michigan

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Kelly impressed with Wolverine players, coach

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 7:11 pm

Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly addressed his team's upcoming game at Michigan (8 p.m. Saturday, ESPN) with the media on Tuesday.

Here are some of the topics Kelly addressed:

On dominance of Wolverines at home:

"Michigan is) a very talented team. Brady (Hoke) does a great job, as you know, a team that - I don't know the numbers particularly - I don't know if they've lost at home since he's been the head coach there."

On the Michigan quarterback:

"(They are) Led by Devin Gardner. He's done a nice job. He reminds me of Randall Cunningham back there. He can throw it, he's tall, he's athletic, runs the ball very well."

On the Michigan receivers:

"Jeremy Gallon, he's wearing No. 21 (so) I think we all know what that means. He's an outstanding wide receiver, a big time playmaker.

"(Their) outstanding tight end, Devin Funchess, he's got great size, can go up and get the football."

On the Michigan offensive weapons:

A number of running backs led by Fitzgerald Toussaint, who's a veteran.

"And obviously one of the best, if not the best offensive lineman, in (left tackle) Taylor Lewan on the offensive line.

"A lot of offensive players, great depth and they utilize their weapons."

On the Michigan defense:

"They do a lot of things. They'll bring pressures (and) they give you multiple looks. They're difficult to defend.

"Obviously Jibreel Black is a guy that I'm very familiar with, outstanding player out of Cincinnati of Ohio. He's a very active defensive lineman. Again, a guy that's played a lot of football for them."

On the 'back end' of the Michigan defense:

"Cam Gordon (is an) outstanding backer and they just play hard. They're very active. They're very good tacklers on the back end of the defense, and like I said, they create a lot of different looks for you defensively."

On facing Michigan on the road:

"It'll be a great matchup. We were there two years ago and obviously very disappointed in the outcome. It's a great atmosphere. Should be a great college football game."