NOTRE DAME – The goal of the Blue Gold game, according to head coach Brian Kelly, was to simulate the gameday experience for the many young players on the Irish roster.
“I think with spring ball we know a lot more about who we can factor into depth, and who can play winning football for us,” Kelly said when asked about the young player on the squad. “Certainly there are a number of freshmen that we found out today that can do that. “
None of those freshman stood out more than Aaron Lynch. Lynch logged 7 total tackles, most of any player in the game, while going up against the starting offensive line. And he got to the quarterback several times.
“He's a good football player” Kelly said of Lynch.
“The one thing that he did today is he went against our first offensive linemen, he went against Trevor Robinson and Taylor Dever, and that would tamp down the expectations too. I'd also like to give him credit for what he did. But it's going to be a process with him. We've got to keep doing little things right with him in terms of where he's playing. But you saw, we moved him around. He played inside; he played outside. He's going to be a great addition.”