Blue and Gold Illustrated

Nov. 10, 2014

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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BY DOUGLAS FARMER I f the Notre Dame playbook is a textbook and Brian Kelly the class professor, Mike Denbrock would be the teacher assistant in charge of the class' notes. Just like a T.A. often runs a graduate- level course, Denbrock has his hands on all aspects of the Irish offense, including the game-day call sheet, the class notes. This year, that assignment has grown more than ever before under Kelly at Notre Dame. "The call sheet is much bigger than it has been at any time in the last couple of years," the first-year offensive coor- dinator said during his first media avail- ability of the season, in the middle of the Irish bye week. "We've got a lot of variety and a lot of things we can do. It shows up in what we do during the game. "We're able to make a lot of in-game adjustments and do a lot of different things if the defense is showing us something that they haven't necessarily put on tape yet this year." PREPARING THE PLAYBOOK Offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock oversees the development of the Irish's call sheet for each game In Denbrock's first season as offensive coordina- tor, the Irish were averaging 33.4 points and 447.6 yards through seven games — and he believes those numbers can become even better. PHOTO BY JOE RAYMOND

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