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Notre Dame preparing for first away game of the season


Notre Dame is preparing for its first away game of the season against Wake Forest. In his press conference Tuesday, Head Coach Brian Kelly explained what the team is hoping to accomplish ahead of the road trip.

Notre dame continues to work on its identity.

While the Irish have scored 8 touchdowns this season for an average of 23 points per game, they are only winning those games on average by less than a touchdown.

This is something Coach Kelly says they have to improve on."

"We want to run an offense that is balanced, that attacks the defense and scores touchdowns. We've been fairly balanced. We haven't attacked at all times, and we haven't been proficient at scoring touchdowns. So we've got some work to do. So when we talk about philosophy of offense, that has never changed, and that won't change," Coach Kelly said.

The Demon Deacons are led by Freshman Quarterback Sam Hartman, who has passed for 834 yards and 6 touchdowns with 5 interceptions and he's been sacked 5 times.  

His go-to target is wide receiver Greg Dortch who has 28 receptions for 336 yards- averaging 12 yards per carry.

Dorich returns after missing the ND game last year with an injury.

"They're starting a true freshman quarterback in Hartman, but he's e's really comfortable with the offense.  You can see that Warren Ruggiero has done a great job of really getting him as a mid-year comfortable with the offense. They're running it at a high level. He's supported with really good offensive line. And then he's supported with an outstanding receiving core in Greg Dortch is an outstanding football player. He can take over a football game. Electric player. Great acceleration, great hands, makes people miss as a highlight reel," Coach Kelly said.

While Hartman gets the start at quarterback, expect to see Kendall Hinton get some action, too. He was supposed to be the starter at the beginning of the season but was suspended for the first 3 games due to a violation of team policy.

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