Photo Gallery: Notre Dame football opens training camp with high spirits

Notre Dame redshirt junior quarterback Brandon Wimbush runs up the field during his team's initial practice of the 2018 season Friday at Culver Academies. (By Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com)
Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly meets with the media following his team's initial practice of the 2018 season Friday at Culver Academies. (By Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com)
Notre Dame junior safety Devin Studstill works through a drill during his team's initial practice of the 2018 season Friday at Culver Academies. (By Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com)
Notre Dame graduate student and captain Drue Tranquill goes through pre-paractice warm-ups prior to his team's initial practice of the 2018 season Friday at Culver Academies. (By Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com)
Notre Dame special teams coach Brian Polian speaks with a player prior to his team's initial practice of the 2018 season Friday at Culver Academies. (By Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com)
The Notre Dame secondary goes through drills Friday at Culver Academies. The Fighting Irish have held training camp at the scenic campus in north-central Indiana for several consecutive years. The team will be in Culver from Friday through Tuesday before heading back to campus in South Bend. (By Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com)
Notre Dame junior wide receiver Chase Claypool and Fighting Irish wide receivers coach Del Alexander work through a drill during their team's initial practice of the 2018 season Friday at Culver Academies. (By Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com)
Notre Dame junior safety Christopher Schilling works through a drill during his team's initial practice of the 2018 season Friday at Culver Academies. (By Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com)
Notre Dame defensive coordinator Clark Lea gathers his linebackers around prior to a drill during his team's initial practice of the 2018 season Friday at Culver Academies. (By Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com)
Notre Dame freshman safety Houston Griffith works through a drill during his team's initial practice of the 2018 season Friday at Culver Academies. (By Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com)
Notre Dame freshman quarterback Phil Jurkovec stretches out prior to his team's initial practice of the 2018 season Friday at Culver Academies. (By Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com)
Notre Dame redshirt junior quarterback Brandon Wimbush prepares to take the snap of the football during his team's initial practice of the 2018 season Friday at Culver Academies. (By Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com)
Notre Dame senior linebacker Te'von Coney wipes the seat off of his head during his team's initial practice of the 2018 season Friday at Culver Academies. (By Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com)
Idyllic Lake Maxinkuckee sits in the background of the Notre Dame football training camp location Friday at Culver Academies. The Fighting Irish have conducted their training camp at the scenic locale for several consecutive seasons and will be in Culver through Tuesday. (By Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com)
Notre Dame redshirt junior quarterback Brandon Wimbush meets with the media following his team's initial practice of the 2018 season Friday at Culver Academies. (By Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com)
Notre Dame freshman linebacker Bo Bauer works through a drill during his team's initial practice of the 2018 season Friday at Culver Academies. (By Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com)

CULVER – The annual tradition of opening training camp at Culver Academies continued for the Notre Dame football program Friday.

The Fighting Irish will conduct five practices in Culver before returning to campus in South Bend on Wednesday.

Coach Brian Kelly begins his ninth season leading the program and was pleased with the effort and stamina that his student-athletes put forth throughout the nearly three-hour session.

“It was a good first day,” Kelly said afterward. “They were mature in how they handled their first practice. I told them that I really liked the way that we finished our 11-on-11 (work). We didn’t have guys on the ground. There was great competition.”

Here are some photos from the first practice of the 2018 season.

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