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Kelly: Blue-Gold game more about process than production

Brian Kelly works with the running backs during practice on April 19, 2017 / WSBT Photo

Brian Kelly's 8th spring at Notre Dame wraps up in just a few days with the annual Blue-Gold game.

Kelly laid out the format for the scrimmage following Wednesday morning's practice, which was open to the media. It will resemble a real football game more closely that some of the past versions, with the first team offense competing against the first team defense. While fans may tune in expecting to see exciting plays, Kelly will be focused on other things.

"It's really not about production in the game it's about process," Kelly said Wednesday.

"I don't think that the average fan is looking for that. They're not going to be able to see the things that I see. What they're going to be looking for is more of the individual players making plays..but that's not going to tell the whole story, and this isn't about telling the story, this is about a continuation of what we've been doing since January."

That includes not only changes to the football team but the changes that Kelly has made in his own coaching as well.

"I think I've done a better job for them. I've given them a clearer understanding of what the blueprint is," Kelly says.

"And I didn't do a very good job of that last year. So, giving them that clear direction, putting them in a position where they can lead on a day to day basis, has allowed them to be better."

The Blue and Gold game kicks-off at 12:30 Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium

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