August 8, 2006

Game's end big part of camp's start

For now, learning how to make good on a two-point conversion trumps putting together a game plan to stop Georgia Tech's All-American wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

That's because the opening weeks of training camp under Charlie Weis deal less with the opposition and more with the minutiae of football. Make no mistake, the Irish are installing their offensive packages and tweaking schemes in the secondary, but a big part of Notre Dame's opening week centers on how to take safeties, bleed the clock in an end of game scenario and play defense against the two-minute drill.

"You're not practicing for the end of game situations for Georgia Tech, you have to practice them now for the entire season," Weis said. "In a 20-hour work week (during the year) there's not enough time to cover those things, so you have to lay the foundation for those types of situational things now in training camp."

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