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Notre Dame's first practice of training camp began at 9 a.m. central time today, and the media was allowed in to watch the first half hour of so. That means it's time to jump to ridiculous conclusions based on precious ittle information. A favorite pastime of sportswriters and sports fans alike.

For what it's worth, Everett Golson got the first snap of camp, working with Theo Riddick. His first snap was a handoff to Riddick, his second snap was a short pass that was dropped by John Goodman. His third snap was an option, on which he flipped the ball to Riddick. He quickly led the offense down for a touchdown pass to Robby Toma. Of course, that's not terribly difficult to do when it's an offense-only drill, and the defense is on another field.

Andrew Hendrix was next under center, working with George Atkinson at tailback. Atkinson dropped a short Hendrix pass over the middle, then Hendrix ran the option on the second snap before yielding to Gunner Kiel, who led his offense (still with Atkinson) down the field for a touchdown pass to Davonte Neal. Again, no defense, so not terribly significant. Both Golson and Hendrix did have the ball slip out of their hands at one point. Not encouraging, considering Kelly's insistence that his starting QB will be the one he "trusts" not to turn the ball over.

Kelly spent the next 15 minutes or so working on the footwork of his five quarterbacks (Golson, Hendrix, Kiel, Tommy Rees and sophomore walk-on Charlie Fiessinger), trying to get them to open their hips on their drop-backs, then keep their front foot pointed forward while moving around in the pocket. 

The other units were just starting to get drills in when practice was closed. Here's what it looked like:

No surprises on the depth chart early. First-team defense was Kona Schwenke, Kapron Lewis-Moore, Stephon Tuitt, Prince Shembo, Dan Fox, Manti Te'o, Danny Spond, Lo Wood, Zeke Motta, Jamoris Slaughter and Bennett Jackson.

So there you have it. All training camp questions have now been answered, right?

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