A few odds and ends with eight days until the Blue-Gold Game closes out spring practice at Notre Dame...
-- Reserve defensive back and 2013 scout team quarterback Rashad Kinlaw has been dismissed from the team, coach Brian Kelly said Friday. Kinlaw, rated as a three-star prospect in 2013's recruiting class, was buried on Notre Dame's cornerback depth chart and wasn't likely to make an impact in 2014.
"From my perspective, from a football perspective, he didn’t live up to the rules within our football program,” Kelly said.
-- With practices wrapping up next week, Kelly hopes to get a trio of key injured players integrated into the offense and defense. Kelly said cornerback Devin Butler (shoulder), center Nick Martin (knee) and defensive lineman Tony Springmann (knee) are all improving, and the goal there is to send them off for the summer with some positive vibes.
"As we finish up spring practice we want to our guys to leave feeling as though they're close to getting back with football-related activities," Kelly said. "... These guys are on the cusp of getting closer so we're trying to re-integrate those guys into work that we see we can get them back into."
Butler also tweeted this Friday morning:
So close I can feel it man!! Three months outta surgery today and only gettin better!— Devin Butler (@DevinButler_12) April 4, 2014
-- Kelly said Notre Dame spent Friday morning's practice working on red zone plays, a targeted area of improvement for the last two seasons. In 2013, Notre Dame scored touchdowns on 53 percent of its red zone attempts (26th-worst among FBS teams). In 2012, that percentage was worse -- just 48 percent, ranking 13th-worst among FBS teams.