Notre Dame Football

September 4, 2010 by staff 

Notre Dame Football, SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Brian Kelly set the initial rules for his players: No earrings or hats, organize your closets, keep the hulls and attention to detail during the practices that will not last more than 2 hours.

And then there was a decree more really important football coach of Notre Dame new – not even think about hitting the quarterback Dayne Crist.

Crist, who had surgery on the knee last November, has been an untouchable until the spring and preseason drills.

That all will change Saturday, when Kelly made his debut at Notre Dame and Crist his first start in Ireland’s face Purdue in the opening game for both teams.

“He’s going to get resolved.’s Going to get hit.’ll Have to run,” said Kelly.

Kelly will be on the bench for the first time since Cincinnati capped a 12-0 regular season by beating Pittsburgh 45-44 December 5, less than a week before he was announced as the replacement of Charlie Weis.

And Crist, a little-used backup last year Jimmy Clausen will play for the first time since Oct. 31, when he was injured in a game against Washington State. He directed two touchdown drives against Purdue last season while stepping on a sore fingers Clausen.

“Dayne Crist is a guy who is going to have to use all its tools. It is a very good athlete,” said Kelly. “But we will not put in a position where you get access to our quarterback running. That’s not smart.”

After appearing in just four games last season, completing 10 of 20 passes, Crist is being told to run a fast-paced spread offense Kelly, stay healthy and be the centerpiece of the target set of new technical staff – gain immediately.

“It’s a moment I’ve waited a long time,” said Crist.

Kelly said her advice to Crist last minute before the game is simple.

“You do not have to win the Heisman today. Take what they give you, be patient and let the offense come to you. You do not have force,” said Kelly.

Crist said he was not sure what Kelly pregame approach would be, if there is a great motivational speech or simply reinforce what has been trying to get through the last nine months. And that is to realize you’re playing a place with a great tradition.

“It will be up to an emotional moment for him and the rest of the coaching staff as it is for us to be their first game at Notre Dame stadium and everything like that,” Crist said. “The coaches always know the message you want to interact with your team and coach Kelly is good to convey a clear message. I do not think Saturday will be different.”

Keeping land Crist Saturday will mean the freezing of one of the best defensive ends in the nation to Ryan Kerrigan, who led the Big Ten season with 13 sacks last.

And if Saturday’s game is a new beginning for Kelly and a turning point for Crist, it is also an opportunity for renewal for Coppersmith quarterback Robert Marve, who transferred from Miami. Dealing with noise at Notre Dame Stadium should not be a major problem since Marve collegiate start came against Florida in the swamp in 2008.

“I have really wanted to show everyone what I have,” Marve said.

Like Crist will be without junior receiver Michael Floyd, Marve may depend on Keith Smith, who caught 91 balls for 1,100 yards last season.

Purdue coach Danny Hope Marve confident will be effective, though not played this season after transferring. And like Crist, Marve has recovered from a knee injury. But it also has more experience than his counterpart from Notre Dame: He made 11 consecutive starts by hurricanes two years ago.

“He has played in some big games,” said Hope.

“There are some things he does very well. If we take care of Robert, if we have enough people skills on the perimeter for him to get the ball, we have a chance to win, win against anyone. We will go as our quarterback goes. That happens a lot. The opponent is in the same boat. ”
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