Greg Bryant

Kelly expects knee injury to sideline Bryant for the season


The weekly Greg Bryant watch has been called off. On Thursday after practice, Brian Kelly announced that the highly touted freshman running back will need approximately four weeks rest after battling knee tendinitis, likely ending his season.

Bryant played early in the season, logging two carries against Temple and another touch against Purdue. And while fans have clamored for the five-star recruit to get a fair shot at the starting running back job, a potential redshirt year for Bryant could be the best long-term solution for a crowded depth chart that lost its elite ’14 recruit when Elijah Hood switched his commitment from the Irish to hometown North Carolina. A redshirt essentially turns Bryant into a five-star ’14 recruit.

Bryant will be eligible for a redshirt if the injury does end his season, a fortuitous turn of events if there ever was one when suffering a knee injury. As George Atkinson and Tarean Folston stepped forward last week, it’ll be interesting to see how Kelly and offensive coordinator Chuck Martin divvy carries among the four backs left standing.



Even with heavy rain in forecast, kickoff stays in primetime

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With rain falling and the forecast expecting much more, Notre Dame and Clemson are kicking off in primetime anyway.

College GameDay was on campus this morning, showcasing the soggy conditions and the mud-covered campus. And while some wondered whether or not the kickoff would move up to earlier in the day to take advantage of a slight lull in the conditions, kickoff is remaining at 8:22 p.m.

“We’ve been in constant communication with state and local law enforcement and have monitored weather throughout the week and today,” director of athletics Dan Radakovich said in a statement Friday night. “I’ve spoken with campus leaders, State Highway Patrol, and Governor Nikki Haley, and feel confident we can play the game as scheduled. We ask our fans to be conscientious arriving and departing from our campus as we will have some limitations due to this ongoing weather event.”

Ball security will be key this evening, and during an interview with Tom Rinaldi this morning Kelly mentioned the punting and kick game as concerns in these conditions. The Irish came to Clemson prepared for miserable conditions and if the forecast holds, they’ll get just that.

Irish get commitment from 2017 TE Cole Kmet

Cole Kmet

Notre Dame’s tight end recruiting keeps rolling. The Irish received a commitment from Illinois tight end Cole Kmet, who adds a third piece to Notre Dame’s 2017 recruiting class.

Kmet is a 6-foot-4, 230-pounder, joining fellow blue-chipper 2017 tight end Brock Wright in next year’s recruiting class (they won’t sign until February 2017). He had early offers from plenty of the top programs around the country, but picked Notre Dame over finalist Ohio State, a nice recruiting victory for Scott Booker and Brian Kelly.

Kmet talked about the decision with Irish 247 who broke the news:

“I think it was just a gut feeling knowing it was Notre Dame,” Kmet to Irish 247. “I didn’t want to pass on playing for that program and attending that university. It’s always been the school I wanted an offer from and Ohio State made it really close, but I just couldn’t pass on Notre Dame.”