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Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

Posted on: September 6, 2011 12:34 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2011 5:25 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

In an announcement that doesn't really come as a surprise to anybody who watched Notre Dame's season opening 23-20 loss to South Florida on Saturday, Brian Kelly said on Tuesday that Tommy Rees would start at quarterback this weekend when the Irish head to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan.

"I want to win right now and believe Tommy gives us the best chance to win against Michigan," Kelly said.

Following a rough first half and a two-hour lightning delay, Kelly decided to bench Dayne Crist for Rees. Rees came on and nearly led Notre Dame back from a 16-0 deficit, throwing for 296 yards and two touchdowns while completing 24 of his 34 pass attempts. Crist completed only 7 of his 15 passes for 95 yards in the first half, and though he threw only one interception to Rees' two, Crist's came on a terrible throw in the end zone. He also had accuracy issues throughout his time on the field, missing open receivers. (One of Rees's interceptions bounced off of receiver T.J. Jones.)

Rees started the final four games of the season for Notre Dame last year following an injury to Crist. The Irish went 4-0 in those starts--a trend Kelly and Notre Dame fans no doubt are hoping to see continue this weekend against Michigan.

They have some reason to be optimistic, too. Rees won't be intimidated by the venue, not after starting games last season in Yankee Stadium and the Coliseum in Los Angeles. He also started the Irish's Sun Bowl victory over Miami.

And while the South Florida loss was one that Notre Dame has seen too many of in recent seasons, the fact remains that the offense did finish with over 500 total yards and the defense played well despite being put in a terrible position so many times by the offense. Plus, Notre Dame had 5 turnovers on Saturday, 3 of which came in the red zone, and the Irish still only lost by 3 points.

To be clear, it wasn't a game that Notre Dame deserved to win, yet, it almost did anyway. If the Irish offense can avoid the back-breaking turnovers this weekend in Ann Arbor, it wouldn't be all that much of a shock to see Notre Dame leave the first night game at the Big House with a victory.

Information used in this post was provided by the Associated Press.

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 1:36 pm

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

I hear Kelly is getting a lot of heat within the Notre Dame community on his boorish antics on the sidelines this past saturday. His liberal use of the F bomb is also riling the natives.
With the Catholic priest pedaphile scandals, catholic schools/fans
 are very touchy.

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 3:53 pm

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

NotreDame thought putting S. Florida on their schedule would be a slam dunk for their first game.
Surprise !
The Irish are the most over rated football program in the country. They keep trying to live off of past accomplishments.
It's not working.

Kelly looked like he was about to have a nervous breakdown on Saturday. lol

It's already another disappointing season for the (lack of ) Fighting Irish....and the disappointments are only beginning.

Since: Oct 6, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 2:27 pm

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

SWIHawk -

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And even if you come back with "something similiar in the Indiana laws"..... riddle me this, Batman... why hasn't anybody been charged with anything?  And, don't spew any BS about throwing money at it, either.  The state prosecutors in Indiana and local police investigated the incident and NOBODY WAS CHARGED.

Stop using this tradegy as some crazy theory about a law THAT DOESN'T EVEN EXIST.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:25 am

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

You are absolutely right about the Willingham treatment.  Karma is something else isn't it! 
oh dear. seriously!!?? it's not about Willingham, he wasnt an awful coach, but he didnt win and that's why he's NOT in Washington right now.
You would like to think it wasn't because he was an AA but all indications point to it and other coaches were given time to turn it around.
he had time and failed it's nothing to do with being AA, but with not winning. he had 3 years and most coaches get 3 years if they struggle or regress which he did.
Florida is headed in the same direction because of its treatment of Leak. 
let's NOT bring this garbage up again!!!!!! what's sad is i am a huge fan of Leak, BUT Chris Leak was treated very well in Florida, he was the starting QB and won a National Title. that's NOT bad treatment and i have NEVER heard Chris Leak complain, so why should we believe that Leak was treated badly for????
Tennessee is trying to recover becuase of its treatment of Leak.  Fulmer out, Weis out, Meyer out-  WOW!
As for CJ Leak, he was just not that good, there's a reason he didnt play in college. Joe Cox was great at Independence, but he didnt play well in college, just because you were great in high school doesnt mean you will be a great college QB, look at Mitch Mustain who i like, he was great in college and failed in college. As for Fulmer, he retired and rightfully so. Weis was a poor head coach and so was the other coordinator from New England Romeo Crennel. Meyer retired too, BUT he was a great COLLEGE coach. he didnt win last year, but that was more on him being too committed to John Brantley. Brantley is the WRONG QB to run Meyer's style of offense. Guys like Cam Newton and Tim Tebow are perfect for it. IF Meyer was smarter last year he would've started either Jordan Reed or Trey Burton last year at QB when Brantley struggled. Burton or Reed may not be good passers, but they fit Meyer's offense better. Now that Weis is in, Brantley could surprise.

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:00 am
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Since: Jun 16, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 10:46 am

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

Crist lost his edge. Reese is the man now and will meet the challenge. Very talented young quarterback. Go Irish!

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 9:58 am

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

I like how Crist is the scape goat here. Hey Notre Dame, you let South Florida score 23 points on you!

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 8:46 am

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

First off Willigham was a god awful coach who destroyed Notre Dame's and Washington's football teams. We was lazy. In all actually, race probably played a huge roll in him getting hired in the first place but performance is what got him fired. Second, how do you expect Michigan to put up 42 when they could barely put up 28 last year???? Notre Dames offense and defense are WAY better than they were at this time last year and had Crist not out last year Notre Dame wins in a blow out. Plus Michigan wasnt exactly impressive against WMU. You let a wide out from WMU go for over 100 yards??? Floyd is going to go ballistic. No one should be suprised if this is a very lopsided victory in favor of the Irish.

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 5:07 am

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

The screaming and the yelling it what will destroy you know he being paid near 6 million a year   sorry those catholics are a fool!

Since: Oct 11, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2011 3:44 am

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

I could see Notre Dame still doing something with this season.  But, they HAVE to beat Michigan on Saturday.  They can't afford to start the season 0-2.

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