SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Brian Kelly made several support staff additions official Tuesday, but the biggest move among that group may be an internal switch.
Jeff Quinn has moved from an offensive analyst role to assistant strength and conditioning coach. Quinn, who joined the Irish staff last year after serving as Buffalo’s head coach for five seasons, will have more access to players in this role working for head strength and conditioning coach Paul Longo -- a notable distinction considering he was Kelly’s offensive coordinator at both Central Michigan and Cincinnati.
Quinn replaces Aaron Wellman, who left for to become the New York Giants’ strength and conditioning coach.
As for graduate assistant roles, Kelly confirmed that Harland Bower and Clay Bignell will work on the defensive side of the ball, replacing Mike Hiestand and Maurice Crum, who moved on to full-time assistant roles with Division II Ave Maria University and Indiana State, respectively.
Former intern Pryce Tracy is now an offensive GA, replacing Ryan Mahaffey, who took an assistant job at Northern Iowa. Matt Mitchell is an offensive analyst, replacing Quinn.
Donovan Raiola remains an offensive GA.
Marty Biagi is the special teams analyst, replacing Tracy.
Injury report: Sophomore LB Te'Von Coney (shoulder) and junior LB Greer Martini (shoulder) are out for spring. … Freshman DL Daelin Hayes (shoulder), senior CB Devin Butler (foot) and redshirt junior Tarean Folston (knee) are working their ways back.
Comings and goings: LS Scott Daly, DL Jarron Jones, OL Mark Harrell and S Avery Sebastian are all fifth-year players who are on the spring roster. … S Nicky Baratti, TE Chase Hounshell and LB John Turner are fifth-year players who are not. … Freshman WR Jalen Guyton and redshirt junior DL Doug Randolph are not on the roster. Kelly said Randolph’s career is over due to a spinal condition but that he will remain with the program in a student assistant capacity. … Redshirt junior Jacob Matuska has moved from the defensive line to tight end, while redshirt junior John Montelus has moved from the offensive line to the defensive line.