SOUTH BEND — Everett Golson ran Notre Dame’s first-team offense at the start of Saturday’s practice, and Andrew Hendrix and Gunner Kiel split time running the second unit as Tommy Rees began the day watching then taking part in individual drills.
Coach Brian Kelly made it a point to say the portion of practice the media saw was no indication of what the quarterback pecking order is as the Irish prepare for the season.
“Our rotation today was just one day,” Kelly said. “I told our quarterbacks in the meeting that it’s going to take some time for us to start to sense and feel where there might be a separation.”
Kelly said he was pleased with the quarterbacks’ performances during the first fall practice, and he praised Rees for helping coach the players he will compete with to start the second week of the season.
Rees is suspended for the season opener because of a May 3 arrest.
“We’ve got good camaraderie, we’ve got good work and all of them have made significant progress,” Kelly said. “Now it’s about those reps and getting the work.”
Theo Riddick, who will be used at running back and receiver, said he thought all the quarterbacks showed great command of the offense.
“No one is whispering or second guessing, everyone knows their stuff,” Riddick said.
Running back Cierre Wood didn’t participate in the first practice, but there is nothing physically wrong with the senior.
Kelly said Wood, who ran for 1,102 yards last season, didn’t have his medical paperwork in order. Wood is expected to be able to practice with the team soon.
Offensive lineman Brad Carrico will not be returning to the team. The sophomore, who didn’t play last year, had complications from a foot injury and will receive a medical scholarship, Kelly said.
Carrico will not count against Notre Dame’s 85 scholarship players.
Notre Dame posted its 2013 schedule on its website.
The Irish will play host to Oklahoma on Sept. 28 and USC on Oct. 19 next season, and they will have bye weeks before playing the Trojans and before a home game against BYU on Nov. 23.
Notre Dame will start the 2013 season at home against Temple on Aug. 31 and close the season at Stanford on Nov. 30.
Game times have not been announced.