Notre Dame gets rest, then rush

Big sched­ule awaits Fight­ing Ir­ish af­ter this week­end’s bye

The Detroit News - - Front Page - BY CLAIRE KRAMER As­so­ci­ated Press

South Bend, Ind. — items have de­fined Dame’s ap­proach in 2017.

Coach Brian Kelly changed the mind­set for the 16th-ranked Fight­ing Ir­ish. Quar­ter­back Bran­don Wim­bush is slip­ping and slid­ing around de­fenses to com­pen­sate for the lack of a pass­ing game, and it’s work­ing so far. Josh Adams car­ries the run game. The Ir­ish are work­ing, and climb­ing and leap­ing and grind­ing, too.

But this week, they added pa­tience to the mix.

Since a one-point loss to Ge­or­gia in Week 2, the Ir­ish (5-1) have won four games com­fort­ably, beat­ing Bos­ton Col­lege, Michi­gan State, Mi­ami (Ohio) and North Carolina by an av­er­age score of 43-16. Here come the Ac­tion

Notre Ir­ish? Here comes mo­men­tum?

Here comes a speed bump in the form of the bye week.

Play­ers were tak­ing midterm ex­ams this week, and will fo­cus on prac­tice next week dur­ing Notre Dame’s of­fi­cial fall break.

“If I had my druthers, I would pre­fer that the bye would be on the mid-win­ter break sched­ule,” Kelly said. “We have a bye this week and then next week is mid­win­ter break. I would pre­fer that our kids would get a week where they truly can get it off.”

How­ever, the Ir­ish will ben­e­fit from ex­tra time to get key play­ers healthy, in­clud­ing Wim­bush (foot). Of the next six op­po­nents, five are ranked. No. 13 South­ern Cal­i­for­nia vis­its on Oct. 21, fol­lowed by No. 20 North Carolina State. The three-game home stand ends with Wake For­est be­fore the sea­son ends with No. 11 Mi­ami, No. 25 Navy and No. 23 Stan­ford.

In re­cent years, the Ir­ish have come out with a bang and slowly be­gun to let the wheels fall off the cham­pi­onship wagon as the sea­son pro­gressed. If this sea­son is to be any dif­fer­ent, they’ll have to keep up mo­men­tum and make chang­ing the mind­set worth it.

They’re play­ing a wait­ing game on their own terms, and feel as though they have some im­prov­ing to do any­way.

“As an of­fense, I think we know we can do more,” Adams said. “I don’t think we’re even close to be­ing at the level we know we can be at.”

Ex­tra points

Max Browne’s col­lege foot­ball ca­reer is over. The Pitts­burgh quar­ter­back has un­der­gone surgery on his right shoul­der and is out for the rest of the sea­son. Browne was in­jured in the third quar­ter of a loss to Syra­cuse last week­end. A grad­u­ate trans­fer from South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, Browne had just one sea­son of el­i­gi­bil­ity re­main­ing.

... Flor­ida State left guard Lan­don Dickerson has had his sea­son cut short for the sec­ond straight year. He will have surgery on his right an­kle to­day, coach Jimbo Fisher said.

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