Injuries, OL, QB Battle, and More: Brian Kelly Kicks off Notre Dame Fall Football Camp 2021

Notre Dame football head coach Brian Kelly kicked off fall camp for 2021 on Saturday with a 30-minute session with the media following practice #1. Kelly touched on a variety of topics including injuries, eligibility rumors, the offensive line and quarterback battles, and the leadership of a relatively young team. We’ll dive deeper into some of these topics, but for now, here’s the video and some notes.

  • Jarrett Patterson will be Notre Dame’s starting center this season after considering a move to guard or possibly right tackle. Kelly said they are sticking with Patterson at center in large part because it’s in the best interest of his future.
  • Kelly said that Zeke Correll brings other intangibles to guard outside of size since he is smaller than last year’s starting guard, Aaron Banks.
  • Kelly made a point to say that Patterson is certainly the starter at center and Josh Lugg has earned his spot in the lineup, but none of the other positions are locked – including Blake Fisher and graduate-transfer Cain Madden.
  • Kelly shot down the rumors of Jordan Botelho potentially being ineligible this year after some “reporting” last week that speculated on Botelho’s status – which then forced other outlets to have to address them as well. Kelly was clear that he expects Botelho to play every game this fall though.
  • At WILL, Kelly said he wasn’t sure where to start because of how deep they are at the position.
  • Kelly said not to rule out Ramon Henderson into the mix at corner along with Tariq Bracy, Cam Hart, and Clarence Lewis.
  • The Notre Dame roster is at 95% vaccination rate which means Notre Dame would not have to go through extensive testing of the vaccinated in the event of a positive case per the new NCAA rules.
  • Notre Dame will make a decision as to who the starter is at quarterback after the first scrimmage. All signs still point to that being Jack Coan.
  • Isaiah Foskey had a minor peck injury over the summer, but he was cleared and was out there practicing today.
  • Brendon Clark is still limited but should be clear for 100% activity in a few weeks. Paul Moala is a full go after missing last season.
  • Brian Kelly will announce captains on Monday after a team vote today. He said it could be like 2017 when they had seven captains.
  • Kelly said that the senior wide receivers (Braden Lenzy, Lawrence Keys, Joe Wilkins, Kevin Austin) had a “transformational” summer. Wilkins had the most points during summer workouts from Coach Balis. He was in the lower third last year Kelly said.
  • Jack Coan won one of the 20 “Ultimate Warrior” awards from Coach Balis for his work in the off-season.
  • Cain Madden has been rooming with Kurt Hinish this year and that’s helped him getting embedded into the team very quickly. Whoever had that idea was really smart.

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One Comment

  1. Patterson at C is the no-brainer of the Spring.
    Kudos to Coach Quinn or Kelly or whoever made that call.
    Correll at G makes more sense. Lugg is starting. Madden and Fisher will start at least @ Fla. St.
    I’ve been looking for more Wilkins and Henderson for two years. Give them their minutes and watch them shine.

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