Brian Kelly talked about his quarterback position and previewed Purdue on Tuesday at his regularly scheduled press conference. (Photo - Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE)
Brian Kelly addressed the media on Tuesday for his weekly press conference with Purdue on the agenda for this weekend.
On the injury front, Tate Nichols is not available this weekend; Amir Carlisle has been cleared to practice this week but Kelly didn’t mention how much he would be involved in the gameplan; Danny Spond was cleared for everything but physical contact and could be available by next weekend. Cam McDaniel got a little banged up at the end o the Navy game and isn’t quite 100% right now, but Kelly expects him to be for this weekend.
Kelly mentioned that the thing that he was most impressed with regarding Everett Golson was how comfortable for a first time starter. Golson was also extremely communicative on the sideline with Kelly.
Ronnie Stanley and Nick Martin are the two backup tackles – Stanley on the right side and Martin on the left side behind his brother.
The staff was very pleased with the play of sophomore Matthias Farley in his frist action. Kelly mentioned that he was always around the ball and near the action.
Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix will split reps at the backup quarterback position. Kelly said that Rees needs more work right now since Hendrix got the majority of reps at the backup spot leading up to the Navy game.
Kelly thought Davonte Neal was a little apprehensive as a punt returner at first but said he thought the freshman will continue to get better week to week.
Stephon Tuitt made the choice to be “dominant” on and off the field this off-season. Kelly mentioned that he had a GPA over 3.5 over the summer and that when the team ran some of the summer conditioning drills, Tuitt ran with the DBs.
On Ishaq Williams, Kelly mentioned that his comfort level has increased since last year which has allowed him to unleash his skills more on the football field as we all saw on Saturday. Kelly specifically credited Bob Diaco and the relationship he has developed with Williams for the improvement we have seen from him on the field.
Tommy Rees handled himself very well and was a great teammate to Golson and Hendrix during his suspension.
Kelly gave new offensive line coach Harry Hiestand a lot of credit for the success of the offensive line and mentioned that the players love playing for him.
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