Notre Dame preparing for Syracuse game at Yankee Stadium

The Notre Dame football team is entering Saturday's game against Syracuse 10-0. Head Coach Brian Kelly spoke about Saturday's game during his press conference Tuesday afternoon.

Coach Kelly says Ian Book will be playing Saturday as the Irish take on Syracuse at Yankee Stadium.

He sang the praises of Syracuse's senior quarterback Eric Dungey.

Syracuse is averaging 44 points per game and Dungey is completing 60-percent of passes for nearly 2200 yards, 14 touchdowns and 5 interceptions this season.

"He's 225 lbs. I mean, he's a big kid, too. You catch and tackle him, he's going to fall forward for 4 yards. I mean, he's a tough guy. That toughness envelops that entire offense. It's not a finesse, spread offense, there's a toughness to it and I think it comes from him," Coach Kelly said.

Dungey has led Syracuse to an 8-2 record on the season with losses to Pittsburgh and 2nd ranked Clemson.

Coach Kelly is also trying to keep the team from the end of season slump.

The team will have traveled 9,000 miles during the last half of the season, but have shown improvement over November of last year.

Head Coach Brian Kelly says he has taken measures this year to avoid the November woes.

"Same 11 guys who we started on defense against Michigan are the same 11 guys were rolling out against Syracuse. How do you play better in November? Stay healthy, you know stay healthy. Our guys are in a good spot when it comes to their health and we've taken great pains to make sure the recovery process has been a point of emphasis this year," Coach Kelly said.

The Irish will practice in South Bend Friday before heading to New York.

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