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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: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2011 11:36 pm

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

It's spelled in "meister," meaning "master"

Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2011 11:34 pm

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

Willingham was a lazy coach who had NO BUSINESS coaching at Notre Dame.  Period.  

Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2011 10:56 pm

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

Michigan moved the ball at will on teams last year too, but sucked on defense, lost turnover battles, and played poor special teams.  All part of the game.  Michigan is indeed vunerable in this game based on what I've seen.  ND may score 35, but that means Michigan scores 42.  Go Blue!!!  PS - ND will be 1-2 or 0-3 two weeks from now.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 9:28 pm

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

You are absolutely right about the Willingham treatment.  Karma is something else isn't it!  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.  Florida is headed in the same direction because of its treatment of Leak.  Tennessee is trying to recover becuase of its treatment of Leak.  Fulmer out, Weis out, Meyer out-  WOW!

Since: Sep 6, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 8:45 pm

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

one of biggest thing all need to be aware of is that ND is not the college team of old----they simply an old school who has not recovered bcause they did Ty Willingham wrong

Since: Aug 17, 2010
Posted on: September 6, 2011 8:01 pm

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB


Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 7:51 pm

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

More Irish spin - it just never ends.  First, I said Negligent Homicide, not Homicide.  There's a big, big difference between the two, so stop spinning!  Next, I didn’t say there was anything you could do now other than accept responsibility for the life your stole, and live in shame for the next one hundred years because the Curse of Declan Sullivan is upon you.

Since: Dec 11, 2007
Posted on: September 6, 2011 7:34 pm

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB


Homicide? Really? Notre Dame DID accept responsibility, yet it's still not good enough for you. What do you want? Kelly or Swarbrick has to get fired for ND to accept responsibility, even if it wasn't either of their fault? Fact of the matter is it doesn't matter what ND does in response to Sullivan's death, it still would not be good enough for some people. It was a terrible tragedy, and no one will say otherwise, but I'm not sure exactly what else ND is supposed to do aside from what it's doing. Fact of the matter is, and as hard as this is for some people to understand, everyone's safety is their own is in all industries. If you're doing something that you feel is life-threatening, you need to escalate that to your supervision and ultimately it's you who can stop happens daily in my line of work. Your supervision has many things on their minds and sometimes some fringe participants aren't always at the top...a videographer at a football practice in this case. I'm not blaming Sullivan...he was a young guy, but an adult and able to make logical decisions for himself and he clearly felt unsafe given his tweets. His judgment was the last line of defense but his loyalty to his position took precedence. I feel awful for his family and I wish it never happened and hope it never will happen again, but it was not any one person's fault. God Bless the Sullivan family and shame on those trying to deface ND for their tragedy.

Since: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2011 7:26 pm

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

What took so long?  Kelly picked the wrong guy to start the season. Yet another loss you could pin on the coach.  The more I see of Kelly, the more he seems to be in over his head.  And what's with all the yelling and screaming? 

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2011 7:05 pm

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

Hey ED you are a bigot piece of shit and Karma is coming for you son. Enjoy her because she is a BITCH.

PS...Kelly is a fool and will be fired within 2 years. Suck it dopes 

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