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Kelly talks about Te'o, Toma

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Manti Te'o played only on first and second down when he did play and left the game for good midway through the third quarter because of a bum ankle. Coach Brian Kelly said he didn't consider having Te'o sit out against the Terrapins. 

"We felt he could serve in a very positive role for us on first-and-second down, which he did," Kelly said. "He didn't move well enough for him to be out there on third down. We gave him like a quarter and a half off. We were able to get him out of the game quickly.

"He came in and reported today and felt as well as he has in the last three weeks. We're back on track to getting him in for all of the downs."

TOMA EARNS TIME 

Robby Toma caught seven passes for 73 yards against Maryland while replacing injured Theo Riddick, which may earn him more playing time when Riddick returns from a hamstring injury. Kelly said he's not sure when that will be, but there's little doubt Toma has earned a larger role. He seemed especially effective Saturday night when the Irish were playing up tempo.

"Robby is someone we've always had a high regard for," coach Brian Kelly said. "We've tried to get him in the games and we've managed to get him in early in games. It's incumbent on us now to continue that rotation with Robby and Theo when Theo gets back."

Kelly said he wasn't sure whether Riddick would be available when Boston College visits Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday.

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