Kelly on 'Will' linebackers, freshman backs
One of the hardest fought position battles during training camp was between weakside linebackers Dan Fox and Carlo Calabrese. The competition has remained close during the season. Through four games, both have 15 tackles and one sack.
"It has been really good," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said when asked how the two have been performing. "Both of them have really done some great things. You know, we got matched up a couple of times one on one with the backs, so it forced us to go to nickel because we didn't like that matchup. But by and large our 'Will' linebacker has been outstanding in pass coverage. Calabrese has had a couple of really good plays in pass coverage for us. Danny's done a great job. We've got some really good plays, especially on his pass coverage from our will linebacker position."
Several freshman have made an impact on defense. Not so many on offense, although that's about to change. Kelly said freshman running backs Cam McDaniel and/or George Atkinson III could see action as soon as Saturday night's game at Purdue.
"We're ready to give one of those two young guys some work, McDaniel and Atkinson, both of them, we're really close there. Daniels is getting closer each and every week. So I'd say on the offensive side of the ball those would be the [two] guys most likely.
"Defensively, you see the guys that we're playing right now. I don't see anybody else hopping into the lineup or cracking the two deep."
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