Notre Dame has plenty of QB questions

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While much of the football world got caught up in the drama unfolding around new Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, and then Tim Tebow, his predecessor, getting traded, the folks in South Bend might not have been paying much attention.

Notre Dame has a quarterback situation of its own.

The question of who will take the top spot is not easily answered just yet.

Tommy Rees? Andrew Hendrix? Redshirt freshman Everett Golson? Newcomer (and early arrival) Gunner Kiel?

"I don't have a timetable or a timeline (for making a decision)," coach Brian Kelly said during spring camp. "It's important that all four of them get an opportunity to, number one, understand the offense and be able to run it effectively."

Sounds like a competition, doesn't it?

"You have to stay level-headed," said Rees, who won last year's battle with Dayne Crist, who has now transferred. "You have to stay calm. You can't get too caught up in things that happen day to day, you have to look at the big picture. You can't focus on one throw here and there.

"It's a long process. It's a long time before the season starts."

But this will be talked about until a decision is announced, and will continue to be talked about as soon as the winner makes his first mistake of 2012.

"It also can give me an advantage because I should be the most comfortable," Rees said. "There are enough areas last year where I felt I could be better. I'm happy to compete. I'm happy to try to earn this job back."

Hendrix showed flashes in relief stints of Rees, with Kelly sending the more-mobile Hendrix in create something new for the defense to worry about.

The Fighting Irish have had two straight 8-5 seasons under Kelly, falling short of their goal last year because of too many mistakes. This year, you'd have to think the team needs a definite starter at quarterback to have a true shot at winning more games and getting back to a BCS bowl.

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