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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 9, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 2:49 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

I remember when Notre Dame vs. Michigan was one of the elite matchups in college football.  Now this game is an afterthought, except at the schools involved.  My how college football has changed in the BCS era.  The SEC has dominated and mid-majors like Boise St and TCU are in major bowl games. Who would've thunk it?!?



Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 2:48 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

ND is dead......................period.&n
bsp; Ya should have kept a guy who love the program and the job..............Professor Lou, you have had too many coaches and too many failure.  Kelly ya cant play with the big boys.....



Since: Sep 6, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 2:46 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

At leat ND did not lose to App. State a I-AA team.  Ohh, and has n't M lost to Ohio State how many years in a row now, 8? 



Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: September 6, 2011 2:27 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

Not shocked at the ND loss at all.  They have been over hyped and over randked for the last 10 years!  It will be interesting to see if Kelly keeps flip flopping on the QB situation if Rees has a bad first half in the next game.  Not big fan of pulling QBs in the middle of a game.  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. 



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 2:23 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

MagicMan327 wrote:  Notre Dame is a 2nd rate football program. Enough said. They can't compete with the top programs because Notre Dame's reputation is no longer good enough to win them recruiting battles.

I have all kinds of problems with your analysis.  First off, Notre Dame always has highly ranked high school recruiting classes.  Other schools have an advantage in that they choose to admit juco transfers.  For whatever reason, Notre Dame does not embrace this practice.

Second, like most schools in the nation, Notre Dame refuses to oversign when recruiting.  Many schools in the SEC elect to oversign, because it is not technically against the rules.  Clearly, oversigning is an advantage, but yanking away a scholarship you promised to a recruit is not something most colleges have the stomach for.  Of course Nick Saban at your school has no problem with it.

Finally, Alabama has had violations:

Even this year, Saban has been introuble for his recruiting of Barry Sanders Jr.  I am really unsure whether Notre Dame runs a squeaky clean ship, but I doubt they engage in violations as blatant as Bama's.



Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2011 2:23 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

The Irish did not lose to Army that year, so they didn't get swept by the armed forces. Get your facts straight.



Since: Oct 6, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2011 2:14 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

Yep Michigan lost to APP state, but they beat Notre Dame 38-0.  App State wouldve walked all over the domers.  Michigan finished that year 9-4 and beat Tebow's Gators in the Cap one bowl.  Notre Dame finished 3-8 and got swept by the armed forces.    




Its pretty sad when Notre Damers have to point at other teams scoreboards since they can't get it done themselves!  

now nuff said 


I don't care about other teams scoreboards... I was simply responding to Michigan fans coming on a Notre Dame story to spew their crap about how they are a better team and talking about ND's past "bad" losses.

And, Michigan could have gone undefeated after that loss... the fact is THEY LOST TO A I-AA TEAM!!!

App State wouldve walked all over the domers.
Woulda, shoula, coulda....

Notre Dame finished 3-8 and got swept by the armed forces.
They could've gone 0-11.... it's still funny AS HELL that Big, Bad Michigan lost to a I-AA team.




Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 2:13 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

Although this is an obvious move, one has to question why Rees wasn't the starter for the first game.  Was he that much worse than Crist in practice???  How can you be that bad in a game and not show signs in practice?  Are they having game like situations in practice or are they just going through the plays?  If Crist had showed that much in practice, then Kelly should stick with him longer...this whole thing doesn't make sense!




Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 2:08 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

LionspleaseWIN wrote:  Its pretty sad when Notre Damers have to point at other teams scoreboards since they can't get it done themselves!

Dr Habanero, a Michigan man, first commented on Notre Dame's recent lack of success against subpar teams.  DieHardCubsFan7, a Notre Dame fan, was simply responding in kind.  Neither school has been terribly inpressive the past few years.



Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

That's a roger good buddy.  Rees puts Notre Dame in a better position to win and be successful.  In Rees we trust...


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