Notre Dame debuts HelmetCam at first spring practice

Notre Dame debuted the HelmetCam on the opening day of spring practice in South Bend on Wednesday.

Rising senior Dayne Crist practiced with the new gadget, which mounts on the side of the helmet and lets coaches track the eyes of the quarterback.

Dayne CristICONNotre Dame QB Dayne Crist practiced with a HelmetCam on the opening day of spring practice.

“It’s just another teaching tool for us during this period,” said head coach Brian Kelly, who learned a lot about the device at the American Football Coaches Association convention in January. The University of Colorado reportedly was the first school to use a form of HelmetCam.

“If [the quarterback’s] staring down a particular receiver, you’re going to see that,” Kelly said. “If he’s moving his eyes through his progression, you’re going to see that.”

As the spring progresses, all four of the quarterbacks competing for the starting gig will employ the new device.

In terms of how the rehabbing Irish signal-caller looked on the first day of drills, Crist appeared accurate and mobile during the 30 minutes the media were allowed to view the practice.

“He took a lot of reps today,” Kelly said, “and obviously he’s so much further along, just in the development end of where to put the football. He did a good job today. It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be exciting, the process of finding who the starting quarterback is.”

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