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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: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: September 6, 2011 1:04 pm

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

And MIchigan hasn't lost to sub par teams????????????

Since: Nov 7, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2011 12:58 pm

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

I wouldn't think it would be a shock at all if they beat Michigan considering they are a 3.5 point favorite...but that's just me.  I tend to follow the guys who put their money where their mouth is.

As for the game, I'd like to see Michigan destroy them.  Kelly is a POS.

Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: September 6, 2011 12:56 pm

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

The fact that ND continues to lose to sub par teams is an on going thing. As bad as Michigan played they will still be able to handle the happless ND team in the big house this weekend. Go Blue!

Since: May 4, 2010
Posted on: September 6, 2011 12:50 pm

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

I realize there was a great deal of anticipation this year in ND and I do not blame the folks that believe. I watched the game on Saturday in it's entirety and came away impressed. Not by the fact that they lost but how everything and I mean everything went wrong in that game. It all started with the first drive when ND drove the entire field and fumbled on the goal line that resulted in 6 the other way. Then the interception in the end zone,l the muffed punt, the dropped balls for first downs, etc., etc. To lose by only a FG in a game where ND did everything wrong and SF did everything right was a win for ND as they enter the big house this weekend. If ND eliminates the mistakes they take down Michigan......stay tuned.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 12:49 pm

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

Rees isn't a physical specimen BUT he's tough, poised and knows the offense.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 12:48 pm

Tommy Rees is Notre Dame's starting QB

ND looked good if you ignore the 5 turnovers...   I can't remember a team ever doubling the opponents yardage (508 to 254) and losing, although i'm sure it's happened before.  Also can't believe their record setting kicker from 2010 missed that FG!  A perfect storm of mistakes for the irish but impressed by the offense considering USF was a top 25 defense in 2010.  Despite everything they were an onside kick away from having a chance to tie with a FG.

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