Notre Dame looking for more points in 2014


There's no secret what Brian Kelly hopes will characterize his team in 2014.

"The offense has to score more points," Brian Kelly said Friday.

"We have looked at teams that competed for a National Championship last year had to score a lot of points to get there, and we are going to have to do that here at Notre Dame. Going into this season we are going to have to be more productive than we have been."

When Notre Dame played for the national championship two years ago, they rode their defense all the way to the BCS title game. Now as Brian Kelly begins his 5th season at Notre Dame, he's setting the bar high for his offense.

"We know who we are," Kelly says. "We know what we were last year, and what know what we want to be better at moving into 2014."

It all starts with the quarterback. Whether the eventual starter ends up being Everett Golson (who went 11-1 in 2012) or redshirt freshman Malik Zaire, for the first time in Kelly's five seasons in South Bend, the difference will be, that he can run the same offense with his starter and the backup.

"They are running the same plays and that is a huge advantage in terms of building that consistency throughout the ranks for everybody, from the offensive line, for the receivers, to the quarterback. So it's a huge advantage."

After that, Kelly points to depth at running back, receiver and four starters returning on the offensive line as reasons why this should be the best offense he's had yet at Notre Dame.

"(Christian) Lombard being healthy, a starter returns. Nick Martin being healthy, a starter returns. Elmer. A starter returns. Stanley. A starter returns. You're talking about four starters. We really think that that group as a whole, sets a standard in our program."

It all starts Monday morning in Culver.