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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: May 15, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2011 1:39 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

Well said bro!  The Domers SUCK!!  GO BLUE!!



Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2011 1:39 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

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.



Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 1:38 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

Kelly is a POS.
Positive Offensive Strategian?

BigChuckUK, never heard that before. Hmmm, pretty fair analysis.

Wink



Since: Apr 4, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 1:28 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

My favorite thing about this switch is that Kelly is tacitly admitting that he is a poor judge of talent. Who put him in there as the starter? You. Then, when you reneg on your "play the entire season" promise, you want us to be happy because you point to all the credentials (4-0 as a starter) that, apparently, meant nothing to you in the offseason?



Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: September 6, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

any Michigan fan can NEVER, EVER talk back because of one thing....


Appalachian State
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 



Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: September 6, 2011 1:23 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

"As bad as Michigan played"  What?  Michigan won 34-10, they were about to score again when the game was called near the end of the 3rd quarter. Michigan rushed for 190 yards at a 7.3 clip in 3 quarters and had 2 defensive touchdowns.   And they played bad? LMAO  Michigan will make it 5 out of 6 and 3 in a row vs Notre Dame come Saturday.  Denard won't have 500 yards by himself this time but the team will.



Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

I think that the South Florida game is just what the Irish needed. I'm sure the kickers will be more focused now or they will be handing water bottles to the other team members. The receivers will be tightening their gloves or sitting on them. The running backs will be using two hands when in traffic or they will receive the wrath of an irate Irishman. Kelly's mark on this team is still a year or two away yet they played some impressive ball - not considering some bone head mistakes. I felt Tommy Rees deserved to start in game one given his play last year. We'll see how that works in the Big House. The Hokey Pokey vs Mr. Obviously. Should be a good game.



Since: Oct 6, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

 ...

I agree with the other poster saying, "And Michigan hasn't lost to hapless teams..."  As bad as the USF loss is, at least they are in a BCS conference.... no matter who ND ever loses to or what their ups and downs are.... any Michigan fan can NEVER, EVER talk back because of one thing....


Appalachian State



'nuff said




Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2011 1:16 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

I was at the game Saturday.  Never have I ever experienced a game quite like that.  Sitting in section 20, that end zone was like the fricken bermuda triangle! Jonas Gray's goal line fumble, Theo Riddick's muffed fair catch on a punt, INT deflection off an Irish player pads & missed FG inside the 30.  Combine that with numerous drops passes, 4-5 personal foul penalties plus evacuation of 80,000 + causing over a 2 hour rain delay...needless to say not an memory of ND Stadium I will cherish! South Florida took advantage of Irish miscues but make no mistake about it, the Irish beat themselves and gave that game away.  Let's hope they can get their act together Sat night!



Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 1:09 pm
 

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

Rees should have been the quaterback to start Crist showed me nothing last year


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