With Saturday’s Blue-Gold game fast approaching, look for something official out of Brian Kelly on the role of quarterback Dayne Crist and tight end Kyle Rudolph during the scrimmage. The two focal points for the Irish offense are both on their way back from surgeries, and their availability in the annual spring game is still being determined.
“If this weekend was a game that meant something in the regular season,
I’d be ready to go,” Rudolph said. “It’s still up in the air as far as
what I’m going to do this weekend. I’d love to be out there, I hate
standing on the sidelines watching the guys run around, especially on
Saturday when we put jerseys on and people are in the stands.”
Rudolph has been limited from heavy contact this spring, but has participated in most of the drills that Kelly has put the Irish through. Same goes for Crist, who is still shy of six months recovered from a torn ACL and the surgery to repair it.
“I trust in everything that I’ve been asked to do so far, but I’m still understanding that there are some restrictions,” Crist said after practice yesterday. “I’ve got complete faith in what the trainers and the medical staff have been telling me what I’m allowed to do and what I’m not allowed to do.”
With Crist the clear-cut number one quarterback, I expect the coaching staff to find a way to have him participate in the spring game in some capacity. Dayne’s ability to work during the spring practice sessions and take full-speed reps has been imperative for the offense and Crist’s development, and the 11-on-11, near game simulation that’ll take place on Saturday will be another key piece of the puzzle, and will give the staff and team some valuable tape to evaluate during the offseason.