Purdue-Notre Dame Preview

Associated Press  |  Last updated September 04, 2012
No. 22 Notre Dame jumped into the AP poll Tuesday and coach Brian Kelly called the ranking ''white noise'' as the Irish get ready for their home opener against Purdue. Kelly said his team had no jet lag or after effects from their trip to Dublin last weekend where they routed Navy 50-10. ''My own eyes, talking to our players, no excuses,'' Kelly said. ''We feel great.'' After preparing for Navy's triple option offense the last two weeks, the Irish will have to adjust to a more conventional approach and a sharper passing game from Purdue. Both the Irish and the Boilermakers have quarterbacks returning from suspensions - backup Tommy Rees for Notre Dame and starter Caleb TerBush for the Boilermakers - and both are coming off easy wins. TerBush, suspended one game for violating team rules, has the nod ahead of Robert Marve, who passed for 295 yards and three touchdowns in a season-starting 48-6 rout of Eastern Kentucky. Former starter Rees, who was arrested after a skirmish with police following a party in May and then suspended for the opener, will now battle Andrew Hendrix for the backup role behind Everett Golson. Kelly called Rees a valuable member of the team and commended him for the way he handled his situation. He said Rees and Hendrix would share second-team repetitions in practice this week. ''Probably more about making sure that we get Tommy up to a level where, you know, he can be sharp if he's in a position where he had to go into the game, and I don't know if he's got enough work yet,'' Kelly said. ''We'll see how that progresses during the week.'' And even though Rees had limited participation in practices leading up to the opener and Hendrix played last week in Ireland, Kelly said he didn't know who might go in first should Golson be shaken up. Golson played well, throwing one interception but completing 12 of 18 passes with a TD in his first college game. Notre Dame's running attack, led by Theo Riddick and George Atkinson III, churned up 293 yards and took some of the pressure off the young quarterback. Kelly said several weeks ago that the strength of this team was in the middle on both sides of the ball. The defense got a 77-yard fumble return Saturday from 306-pound defensive end Stephon Tuitt, who outran everyone to the end zone. And the Irish may be even more efficient and dominant on the offensive front. The entire left side of the offensive line is back with tackle Zack Martin and guard Chris Watt joining returning center Braxston Cave. Right guard Mike Golic Jr., started at center last year when Cave was hurt, so the Irish figure to be able to move defenses this season. ''This is a collective group of guys that are physically stronger, they are more seasoned and they play very well together as a unit,'' Kelly said. ''I like the way the group plays together. They are not a group that one guy is not on the same page with the others.'' Kelly said the Irish defense would have to prepare for both TerBush and Marve. ''They will run the quarterback more with TerBush than Marve. They will move the pocket more,'' Kelly said. ''Marve is a very good football player, (Rob) Henry, as well was a starter there before he hurt his knee. So you've got three very capable quarterbacks, and they do some things different. We'll attack the game plan knowing that we'll have to defend all, but TerBush will definitely be more involved in the running game than Marve was.''
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Dwyane Wade, like wife Gabrielle Union, rips NBA's two-minute reports

Laremy Tunsil misses press conference due to allergic reaction

Report: Shaq Lawson expected to need shoulder surgery

Report: San Francisco 49ers will no cut Colin Kaepernick

Report: Rams put Nick Foles and Case Keenum on trade block

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Myles Jack will not attend draft on second night

Report: Dee Gordon tested positive for PEDs during spring training, tried to appeal

Tony Parker wants to play at five more seasons with Spurs

Report: Kings willing to trade DeMarcus Cousins

Report: Broncos rated Paxton Lynch higher than Jared Goff

Report: Celtics believe Kevin Durant will visit in free agency

Yasiel Puig replies to old Jared Goff rip on Twitter

Thunder-Spurs: For OKC, a chance to make everything okay

Five things I learned when I started running

Five first-round reaches in 2016 NFL Draft

Arsene Wenger blames Arsenal fan protests on the media

WWE Payback 2016 predictions and preview

A message to Conor McGregor: The UFC always wins

A round-by-round look at the NFL Draft

How the OKC Thunder became obsessed with halal

Best and worst from first round of NHL Playoffs

Manziel foots bill for 300 shots of whiskey on draft night

Five biggest Round 1 snubs of the 2016 NFL Draft

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

A Round-By-Round Look At the NFL Draft

10 biggest takeaways from the NBA playoffs thus far

QUIZ: Name every No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft since 1985

NHL postseason Round 2 quick hits: Sharks vs. Predators

NHL postseason Round 2 quick hits: Blues vs. Stars

NHL postseason Round 2 quick hits: Capitals vs. Penguins

10 bold predictions for the first round of the NFL Draft

NHL postseason Round 2 quick hits: Lightning vs. Islanders

Four surprises from Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

QUIZ: Name every MLB player to hit four home runs in one game

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker