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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: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2011 3:59 pm

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

From what I saw, Rees seems to be a better gametime qb than Christ. This weekends game should be a good game. I think Michigans D has gotten better, and will continue to do so, and Rees is an improvement on ND offense. I just hope UM's defense keeps on getting better as the year goes on, if we can get that defense playing some good ball by next season, we could actually end up being a top 25 team.
That is also if D-Rob stays. I think UM can turn it around and become a great team again, but it will take some time, and getting Hoke's kind of players recruited.

Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 3:57 pm

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

Everyone keeps writing that Notre Dame racked up over 500 yards of total offense and while this is true, 170 yards of that came after the Bulls went up 23-7 with 10 minutes left in the game. USF was playing prevent defense allowing them all they wanted underneath and allowing them the chew up the clock. So lets take the 500 yards with a grain of salt.

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2011 3:57 pm

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

That's how bad things have gotten at ND.  Forget Touchdown Jesus and First Down Moses, now they are benching Christ, or Crist.  Be careful, you pretentious holier than thous with your exclusive TV contract.  Kharma is a bitch.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 3:32 pm

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

You are wrong.  Lay off the sauce, DrunkinIrish.  Notre beat Utah last season, not Utah St.  Utah (formerly of Mountain West , now of PAC12) actually has a  very good football team lately (10-3 in 2010, 10-3 in 2009, 13-0 in 2008).  Utah St., a member of the WAC, not so much (4-8 in 2010, 4-8 in 2009, 3-9 in 2008).  That's why it was so surprising that they almost beat Auburn.

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 3:30 pm
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Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2011 3:27 pm

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

Yes Michigan beat Notre Dame but people were talking about your loss to Appy State not Notre Dame. You will never live that one down. And again get the facts straight they were not swept by the armed forces...So you need to concentrate on your lack of ability to beat Ohio State...maybe you can this year because maybe they will be distracted but dont count on it. You can dish it out but cant take it...what a standup guy...

Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 3:24 pm

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

If he was good enough to start let him redeem himself in the second half, if he fails then Kelly would know for a fact that he misjudged Crist's QB talent and would avoid QB questions later in the season. 
My opinion bdaddy360, is that Rees and Crist were pretty equal as far as practice was concerned. You maybe able to practice game situations but it is not the same as the real thing. Crist was probably given the nod over Rees because of his Senior status (last chance to show the NFL his talents), his past injuries giving him another chance, and his leadership over a Sophmore. Realizing that Crist was makng bad decisions Kelly opted for Rees in the second half. Not a hard decision given the end of last year. I think now, regardless of Rees's performance in the Michigan game, Kelly will now stay with his young developing talent unless some sort of injury occurs.

I'm not shocked at ND's loss either. South Florida is not a bad team and Skip Holtz is a good coach. When he was at East Carolina I felt he would have been a great choice for ND when Charlie Weis was having his problems. I really think that South Florida will give the other Florida schools a run for their money on recruits. They should be a team to watch in the Big East.

Another thought about last Saturday's Michigan's game, ND played Western Michigan last year and won 44-20. I'd call that almost a Push. Regardless, I think it will be a great game by two teams trying to earn that elite football status again. That won't necessarily be the result but bragging rights from either school will be fun to watch. It was marked on my calendar since last years "horse race". Hope it will be as good as last weeks Baylor - TCU game. That was fun! Sad there had to be a loser.

Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2011 3:22 pm

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

That would be your opinion justjoe for whatever that is worth and ND has not had anymore coaches since Lou than Alabama has since Gene Stallings and they finally got it right too but thanks for your crystal ball prediction.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 3:17 pm

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

I might be wrong (correct me if so) but I think Tommy Rees is 4-0 as a starter including wins over Utah State (who almost beat Auburn), USC and Miami...   In the two games that he only played the 2nd half where they lost he had absolutely HUGE numbers.

He will put up HUGE numbers against Michigan...  the question is can the defense stop Michigan.

Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 2:50 pm

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

One last thing......Go blue aint going anywhere..Still got no d...Ya goona need a few recruiting classes to undo that crap RichRod brought in.  Your qb cant throw .

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