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Mid-week musings: Comments from Brady Hoke, Notre Dame in the NFL, and Greg Bryant's got moves more than just north-south.

When asked what the field turf did for his team on Saturday, Kelly responded with this in his post-game press conference:

“I thought that made some significant moves for our guys, the ability to cut. I thought it was a really good surface to play on. Especially on punt return and our special teams game. Cody Riggs was able to stick his foot in the ground and get north and south. Greg Bryant was able to do that.”

Tarean Folston gets the credit for being the elusive back, but this clip shows how Greg Bryant can stop on a dime, too. At the 1:38 minute mark, you get great close-up action of Bryant’s impressive ability to change direction, even if it was making up for a botched catch on punt return.

Notre Dame in the NFL

Expect DL Stephon Tuitt to be a big presence on the field when Steelers host Browns this week. Tuitt was interviewed today in the video feature, “School is in for Steelers’ Rookies.”

Also expect to see LB Manti Te’o on the field for the Chargers on Sunday. He missed the last two preseason games with a sprained left foot, but he worked with his position group during the early portion of practice on Monday.

WR T.J. Jones has been placed on the physically unable perform list for the Lions. After a mandatory hiatus for six weeks, the day he begins practicing again, the Lions have 21-day window to decide to activate him to the 53-man roster.

“You find that young guys heal pretty quickly and hopefully he’ll be in a position to help us out and see where he is at that time,” said head coach Jim Caldwell. “We have a window after he’s released to practice and those kind of things to make that determination, so we’ll see how that goes.”

Thought it was worth pointing out Jimmy Clausen will kick off the 2014 season as the Chicago Bears’ backup quarterback, while Brady Quinn will not be doing the same in Miami.

Signed to practice squads – DL Kona Schwenke (Chiefs), RB George Atkinson (Raiders) LB Dan Fox and CB Bennett Jackson (Giants)

Elsewhere

Bob Diaco’s Huskies didn’t look stellar in their opener, losing by 25 to BYU in the former Irish coordinator’s head coaching debut.

Chuck Martin’s RedHawks lost to Marshall, but not before scoring 17 unanswered in the second half. Former Irish QB Andrew Hendrix completed 24-of-49 passes for 318 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. One of those touchdown passes was a two-yard completion to former Irish player Alex Welch.

On Notre Dame’s schedule:

Michigan defeated App State 52-14

Purdue defeated Western Michigan 43-34

Syracuse defeated Villanova 27-26

No. 13 Stanford defeated UC Davis 45-0

No. 1 Florida State defeated Oklahoma State 31-17

No. 21 North Carolina defeated Liberty 56-29

Navy lost to Ohio State 34-17

No. 17 Arizona State defeated Weber State 45-14

Northwestern lost to Cal 31-24

No. 25 Louisville defeated Miami 31-13

No. 14 USC defeated Fresno State 52-13

Thought Louisville was very impressive against Miami. Then again, it’s Miami, and you never know what type of team will show up. Thanks, Stacy Coley for generating me -2 in ACC fantasy. I know you’re really interested in how I did, so letting you know I won my match-up pretty easily. Greg Bryant as the flex didn’t disappoint…

Comments from the (other) Head Coach

(Via @Mark_Snyder of the Detroit Free Press)

On Notre Dame’s defense: “VanGorder was at Grand Valley and Wayne State... we'll see every blitz we can possibly see” On handling noise on road: “Put a ton of stress on team. I've heard Irish fight song last 2 days more than I ever want to”

On Golson: “If he starts to scramble... If we've got 11 guys chasing the rabbit, we'll be in good shape”

Parting Thoughts

As always, we’ll have an in-depth podcast later this week previewing Saturday. In it, I’ll also preview the weekend in recruiting.

Speaking of recruiting… in case you missed it:

Bo Wallace no longer making the trip this weekend, FSU commit planning Irish official, and Liam Eichenberg explains pluses and minuses of Notre Dame in his eyes

Tomorrow, I’ll have an interview up with Winter Haven (Fla.) High offensive tackle Mike Arnold, who has named Notre Dame in his top five.

And, did you catch this video of the Auburn ball boy?


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