NCF Nation: John Montelus

Irish kick camp off at Culver

August, 4, 2014
Aug 4
CULVER, Ind. -- Brian Kelly spending the day with the wide receivers was probably the biggest oddity emerging from Day 1 of Notre Dame fall camp. Everett Golson returned to run the first-team offense Monday, the defense's "D-Boys" chant went on without coordinator Bob Diaco and the punt returners could probably do a better job of fielding undefended kicks, first day of practice or not.

Oh, and a pair of horses looked on at the new artificial turf fields here at Culver Military Academy, where the Irish will practice the rest of the week before returning to campus Saturday.

[+] EnlargeNotre Dame's Everett Golson
AP Photo/Joe RaymondEverett Golson was running the first-team offense on Monday.
"It was good, it was fun for me," Kelly said after the two-hour padless session, the entirety of which was open to reporters. "Obviously you're in this business because you want to teach and being able to get in here and just give them a good base and foundation and some of the fundamentals, I think we've got really top notch athletes at that position. Just really spending a little more time with fundamentals on releases, transition, some of the things I think can really help them develop a solid foundation, they've got a great skill set."

Kelly said that his time with the receivers has not affected his ability to evaluate the quarterbacks, as the fifth-year Irish head coach subs in for offensive coordinator/outside receivers coach Mike Denbrock, who is out for the first several weeks of camp following an undisclosed operation.

Kelly said the program is happy to accommodate Denbrock however it can, as the staff is relaying video to him on an iPad. The date of Denbrock's return remains up in the air.

As for what else went down on Day 1 at Culver:

Kelly: Boston attack 'shakes you'

April, 17, 2013
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Brian Kelly spent much of his early life in and around the Boston area. He was born in Everett, Mass., and raised in Chelsea. He went to St. John's Prep in Danvers and was a linebacker at Assumption College in Worcester.

So the Notre Dame head coach knows the devastation that rocked his old community Monday when a pair of explosions went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring many more.

"We were obviously devastated with the news as everybody else was," Kelly said Wednesday. "After a few hours of making calls and making sure all family and friends were safe, our next thought was to the victims. Terrible day, especially being from Boston and growing up with Patriots Day being kind of our holiday, if you will, as a Bostonian.

"So not only the tragedy of the loss of life and the injured, but it shakes you when that kind of private holiday that is so much Boston is shattered. It’s going to be hard. A lot of people are going to need some time to get over this."

No current Irish players are from Massachusetts. Incoming offensive lineman John Montelus, who will enroll at Notre Dame this summer, is from Everett (Mass.) High School.