NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Fighting Irish are back on campus. After spending its first four fall training camp days at Camp Shiloh two hours to the south of South Bend, Brian Kelly and his football team spent Friday morning inside the familiar confines of the LaBar Practice Complex. Kelly says the team's four days away from campus taught his players new lessons.
"I think they learned that you can in fact survive without social media and a television," Kelly said after Friday's practice. "They did make it through four days without it. The opportunity to work on themselves and (for) the coaches to be part of that process was a great jump start on 2013."
"(By) not talking about Manti Te'o and the Alabama game, what happened last year and all that other (expletive) we were able to focus on this year and ourselves," he continued. "That's a good thing. It was a good four days for us and we got really good practice. We got four really good days.
While Kelly did briefly discuss the team's time at Shiloh, he did not want to go into detail about early player injuries. Outside linebacker Danny Spond and offensive lineman Conor Hanratty missed Friday's practice in its entirety, while cornerback Bennett Jackson went through non contact drills early, but watched from the sideline during the live portion of practice.