Depth charting: Stanley, Elmer in 'fluid' situation for ND

Depth charting: Stanley, Elmer in 'fluid' situation for ND

August 27, 2013, 2:00 pm
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame's first depth chart came out Tuesday, with sophomore Ronnie Stanley slotted in as the team's starting right tackle for Saturday's season opener against Temple.

Stanley missed some time last week due to a concussion, but practiced Monday. While he's listed as a starter, he's not guaranteed to play the whole game.

"That's a very fluid situation," Kelly said. "We have great confidence that Steve Elmer could go in there and start for us if we needed him to as well, and it's not out of the question that he could be playing there at some time on Saturday."

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A few other points from the Notre Dame depth chart and Kelly's press conference on Tuesday:

— Freshman Jaylon Smith is listed as the starting 'dog' outside linebacker, although Kelly said last week he and junior Ben Councell will split time there. Smith jumped ahead of Councell for the top spot during fall camp, and Kelly said he's seen something in him that's not a given for freshmen.

"He doesn't make the same mistake twice," Kelly said. "He's a guy that comes back the next day, and he can eradicate the same mistake twice, and that's a hallmark of a guy that's going to play a lot of football for us."

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— Senior Austin Collinsworth is listed ahead of Elijah Shumate at safety, although Kelly described the pairing as "1A, 1B" and said both will be used situationally, along with junior Eilar Hardy.

— Kelly said freshman Max Redfield isn't part of the rotation at safety, although expects him to force his way into it at some point this year.

— Sophomore Chris Brown is listed as the starting slot receiver, with freshman James Onwualu behind him. C.J. Prosise, who converted to receiver in the spring, isn't on the two-deep. Running back Amir Carlisle will likely see snaps in the slot as well.

— Kelly said running back Will Mahone (high ankle sprain) will not play against Temple.