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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.
Comments

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: September 6, 2011 5:04 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

Caption on any photo of Coach Kelly talking to his players: "I got paid a lot of money and by God I am going to yell at you jerks so the President, Pope, and Trustees know I am worth it."  Great Kelly, you didn't do your job or you would have known who your best QB is.  I predict a short reign at ND for you and your staff.



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2011 5:02 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

28-14 NOW THATS FUNNY!!!!!!!!!



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2011 5:01 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

SW HAWK, I COULDN'T AGREE WITH YOU MORE!!!!



Since: Aug 20, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

Notre Dame 28  Michigan 24



Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2011 4:45 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

Too bad we can't bench the head coach.  Notre Dame must have thought they were signing CHIP and ended up getting Brian.  Another year of a mediocre coach at the University of Notre Dame.  ND gets the recruits, makes sure they graduate and earn their degree, but still can't lure the big time coach it needs to develop the talent that signs every February.  I know the loss to USF was not Crist's fault, but he still got outplayed by Rees.  I didn't get to see the two quarterbacks battle for the starting job in camp like Kelly, but watching the Irish every Saturday last year and last saturday, I find it hard to believe Rees wasn't the starter against USF.



Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2011 4:36 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

I love that all these ESPN football anaylists on tv and writers are all picking ND. Michigan will be ready!



Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2011 4:34 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

They should have benched Crist for Rees after the first quarter then they may have won.  Crist just wasn't getting things done.



Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 4:28 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

Replacing Crist with Rees won't solve your problem, Coach Kelly.  Mark my words, the holy ghost of Declan Sullivan will haunt the Notre Dame football program for one hundred years!  You sent that poor child to his early death, and no amount of Irish blood money you give his parents can end the Curse of Declan Sullivan.
SWHawk, I'm all for Ra Ra my team is better than yours type of comments but to bring up such a tragedy and use it in this venue is really poor taste. Assuming that you are a Michigan fan I hope that mentality does not make it's way into the game Saturday night. I'm sure many good Michigan fans agree with me.



Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

Replacing Crist with Rees won't solve your problem, Coach Kelly.  Mark my words, the holy ghost of Declan Sullivan will haunt the Notre Dame football program for one hundred years!  You sent that poor child to his early death, and no amount of Irish blood money you give his parents can end the Curse of Declan Sullivan.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 4:03 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

Sometimes, a lot more often on these message boards, people start to make a good point then screw everything up.  First of all you worded it wrong, Notre Dame is NOT a 2nd rate football program, their "program" is among the best in the country.  What they have lacked is the type of athletes that the top tier football programs recruit.  Which brings me to the second thing you screwed up, recruiting.  Notre Dame out recruited your beloved Crimson Tide last year and is right behind them for the 2012 recruiting season with 6 of the top 100 already committed to Notre Dame (Alabama has only 4).


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