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In his words: Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly talks on spring game

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Irish coach saw some positives in scrimmage

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 12:01 am

SOUTH BEND - Notre Dame conducted its 84th annual Blue-Gold Spring Football Game at Notre Dame Stadium in front of 31,652 fans.

Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly spoke with the media following the game on a numbver of topics.

On paying off a lost bet to Louis Nix III:

"He surprised me, and so I paid up. I said, what do you want? He said 'I want to score a touchdown in the spring game.

"As you know, we had a hard time scoring touchdowns in the spring game and I didn't think that was going to come to reality. We tried a couple of times, right before the half to get the opportunity and we couldn't get the ball close enough. We had to settle for some field goals.

"So when Malik hit it, we changed the play to a two point play, and we were able to get that one off."

On the play of offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley:

"I like the way he competed. I'll have to, again, make certain that I don't say too much about it. But what I did like is going in at guard and having that flexibility, he just played tackle most of the time, so the guard/tackle combination has been good for us and I think he competed pretty well."

On the offensive struggles of the Irish:

"I think if there's any concern - not concerns - if there's anything that I would like to do better, is to make certain that we don't fall back into some of the mistakes we made last year. And I thought we, at times, we fell back into some of the mistakes we made last year offensively.

"Look, I think today, spring game, I don't know if we went 13 games and had third and longs like we did today. I mean, we had some third and 20s and 30s; that, can't happen. So I'm not happy about that. But by and large, you know, a lot of them are correctable."

On the play of the running backs:

"I thought they played and competed. George, you can see, is a big, physical kid. I mean, he ran hard, he's got obviously some speed; we have seen that. We've just got to get his pads down a little bit. Carlo reminded him he should run a little bit lower at times and I thought that was a great teaching point for him.

"Cam made a great catch coming out of the backfield on a third down situation and I thought he ran the ball effectively. Those are two really good backs for us and I think Will (Mahone) made a nice catch on a seam throw that he's got to make. I thought that was a positive for him and just got to continue to develop.

On the linebacking corps:

"I think they are all going to play. I think they are all going to play significant roles. I thought Jarett did a nice job today. Carlo and then when Danny Fox is in there; those are the three guys that obviously you're going to get a lot of the work inside.

"Joe had a nice interception. Kendall is running around out there and he's very active. But those three guys are going to get a lot of the work."