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Knowledge should help Kelly's play-calling

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Brian Kelly will be more confident calling plays in this year's season opener than he was last season, and not just because he's more familiar with South Florida from his days in the Big East with Cincinnati than he was with Purdue as Notre Dame's rookie coach in 2010.

He has a better understanding of his personnel, including the strengths and weaknesses of starting quarterback Dayne Crist, which should allow him to dial up more successful plays.

"It's knowledge of what you're capable of doing more so than having more plays available to you," Kelly said. "Knowing that these are plays that Dayne has executed very well over the past year, we can go back and look at the successes that he's had in reading a particular play or getting us in the right play, so I think it's more knowledge of what your guys can do rather than we have more plays available to us."

Kelly said last season he was just trying different things while trying to figure out what the Irish offense could be successful doing so he could build from that. It wasn't until after Crist was injured in the ninth game that the offense took on a true identity. 

"While Dayne was in there we were still kind of all over the map and figuring out what our strengths were, and now going into this game we have a good understanding of what our strengths are," he said.

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