Irish still deciding on starting QB

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Your quarterback, sir?

Not so fast.

The Fighting Irish ended spring ball the same way they went into it, with four players fighting for the starting job in the fall.

Tommy Rees, Andrew Hendrix, Everett Golson, Gunner Kiel. The four are still one.

Why do we get the feeling Brian Kelly might use all four in a single game?

OK, perhaps that's an exaggeration. But this is something that will have to be watched as the Irish head toward the season opener against Navy in Ireland.

"There were some strides made, but clearly we're not there yet," Kelly said after looking at all four in the spring game. "We've got a lot of work to do with all the quarterbacks to get them to the level that we want."

Says Rees, who is 12-4 as a starter but has shown the penchant for making the big mistake: "You've got to approach it as the starter. You've got to have that mentality and be a leader out there and do everything you can."

Earlier, Rees said, "You have to stay level-headed. 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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