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Coach Kelly discusses quarterbacks, Dexter Williams, and the defense


The Notre Dame football team is hosting Michigan this weekend after taking four years off from their long-time rivalry. Head Coach Brian Kelly held a press conference Tuesday and discussed the quarterback situation and running back Dexter Williams.

During his press conference he cleared up the quarterback situation.

"I'll try to clarify whatever I said and sometimes I'm not the clearest. Brandon's our starter. We're going to go in the game, he needs to win the game for us. We'll put together a game plan for Brandon Wimbush to win the game for us. If there's any need, we feel great about Ian Book as our number two," Coach Kelly said.

Kelly had to clear up the quarterback situation after last Thursday's meeting with the media when he alluded to the possibility of playing both Wimbush and Book.

The status of running back Dexter Williams has been up in the air since this summer when rumors swirled that he would be suspended for 4 games.  

Monday, Williams tweeted "I'm gone run it up I ain't trippin."

To make things even more confusing, during the press conference Coach Kelly said Williams will be dressed and ready to go and said "We'll see what happens when we kick it off."

Coach Kelly also complimented Michigan's defense, but also acknowledged how good his is.

Irish defensive line coach Mike Elston has said he believes it is the best line they've had since 2012-- maybe even better.

"This will be the deepest defensive line that I've had at Notre Dame. And look, when you can go and play 8 on the defensive line without feeling as though we have to cover somebody up, that's pretty good. And how that impacts what we're doing is that we can stay after you for four quarters when you can go 8 deep.  There's not going to be a drop off in terms of somebody has to play 60 or 70 snaps. This will be the deepest group that we put out there and we expect it to have great production for us," Coach Kelly said.

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