Irish defensive line making strides in camp


Notre Dame training camp continues as the Fighting Irish inch closer to the start of the regular season.

After one week of practice, Brian Kelly is starting to feel better about the team's area of greatest need.

Notre Dame enters the season precariously thin at defensive line with the unexpected loss of Daniel Cage for the year.

They return just five guys up front with experience. That means they'll need some young players to step up.

Over the weekend, Brian Kelly praised several of those young players. Identifying freshmen Kurt Hinish and Myron Taga-valoa-Amosa as two who have separated themselves from the rest of the pack.

As far as the returning guys go, Andrew Trumbetti returns bigger and stronger for his senior campaign.

Kelly has already raved about him twice since the start of camp.

"He looks like the guy we recruited out of HS. He was a dominating player in HS. Had an edge about him and we did a poor job of developing him until this year. He is at that point where his is going to make an impact and it’s going to be fun to watch. I think our defensive line has made great strides in the weight room physically. Mike Elston has done a great job with technique. We use our hands so much better. There's a battle there now,” said Kelly.

The Irish will practice one final time at Culver Academy Tuesday. They return to campus for the remainder of training camp.

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