12/30/2013 - This nicely sums up Tommy Rees' Notre Dame career. The senior threw for 319 yards and no interceptions in his final college game, leading No. 25 Notre Dame to a 29-16 victory against Rutgers that was far from pretty but ultimately successful -- and an offensive lineman won the MVP award. "I was giving Tommy a hard time," said senior tackle Zack Martin, who took home the award. "I think he got snubbed a little bit."
Rees finished four years of football for the Fighting Irish packed with both memorable and forgettable moments with a solid performance, going 27 for 47. He has been "The Closer," rallying Notre Dame to victories with late drives, and "Turnover Tommy," making crushing mistakes at the most inopportune times during his time in South Bend, Ind. For his finale, against one of the worst pass defenses in the nation, Rees was mistake free and productive. He missed some throws that could have broken open the game, but, typically, he persevered. "I'm a Tommy Rees fan for life," coach Brian Kelly said.
Kyle Brindza kicked five field goals for the Fighting Irish (9-4), who completed their follow-up season to last year's run to the national championship game a long way from the BCS -- facing a two-touchdown underdog that was trying to avoid a losing record. Notre Dame's play was less than inspired -- Kelly said about a dozen players were fighting a flu bug -- but the win prevented the Irish from finishing with eight victories for the third time in his four seasons. "A good season that could have been a great season," Kelly said. - AP Sports
12/30/2013 - Playing in their first bowl game in the northeast, Notre Dame turned back Rutgers, 29-16, on Saturday in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. The farthest north Notre Dame had played in the post-season was the 1983 Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn. Kyle Brindza kicked five field goals for Notre Dame (9-4), which lost to Alabama last season in the national title game. Rutgers (6-7) is 5-4 in bowl games. Notre Dame was without speedy running back George Atkinson III, who was suspended for violating team rules. Atkinson is second on the Irish in rushing yards with 555 and scored three rushing touchdowns this season while catching seven passes for 55 yards. Running backs Cam McDaniel and Torrean Foster shared the workload in Atkinson's absence, rushing for 79 yards and 73 yards, respectively.
Brindza tacked on his fourth field of the game, nailing a 25-yarder that ended a 15-play, 90-yard march with 12:46 to go in the game, giving the Irish a 19-13 lead. He added a 49-yarder late in the game. Foster scored on a three-yard run with 3:38 to play to move the Notre Dame lead to 26-16 with 3:38 to play. Brindza's third field goal, a 26-yarder, ended a 15-play, 71-yard drive that provided Notre Dame with a 16-13 cushion at 6:03 of the third quarter and took 4:55 off the clock. Quarterback Tommy Rees, operating out of an empty backfield for the majority of the first half, completed 27-of-47 passes to seven receivers for 319 yards. Tight end Troy Niklas led the Irish with four catches for 75 yards and T.J. Jones caught five passes for 66 yards. - The Sports Xchange
12/24/2013 - 2013 FBS ALL-INDEPENDENT TEAM HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees (Sr.),...Rees has thrown for 2,938 yards and 27 touchdowns this season. He is on the verge of becoming the third signal caller in school history to eclipse the 3,000-yard passing mark in a season and only two Notre Dame quarterbacks have ever registered more touchdown passes in a year. Rees ranks eighth in the FBS in passing yards per completion (14.91), 17th in passing touchdowns (27), 30th in passing yards (2,938), 32nd in point responsibility (162), 36th in point responsibility/game (13.5) and 34th in passing yards/game (244.8).
He has recorded 19 completions of at least 32 yards in `13. Irish quarterbacks recorded 11 such completions all of last year. Rees is 22-8 (.733) as the Irish starting quarterback over his career. His 22 victories as the starting signal caller are tied for the seventh-most in school history. Rees has thrown for 61 career touchdowns and 7,351 yards. Only one quarterback has ever collected more touchdown passes, while just three have thrown for more yards. - Notre Dame football
11/24/2013 - Tommy Rees, booed a year ago at Notre Dame Stadium when he was brought in late against Purdue, finished his last home game to chants of ''Tommy'' as the clock ran out in a 23-13 victory over BYU on Saturday. ''That was a very special moment. We've been through a lot, this entire senior class. Not only on the team, but everybody here,'' Rees said. ''They could have chanted anyone's name, it's a whole senior class effort, but that was definitely a memory I'll hold very closely for a long time.''
Rees got the Fighting Irish (8-3) going with a 61-yard touchdown pass to DaVaris Daniels on Notre Dame's first possession, then set up a 2-yard TD run by Tarean Folston with a 30-yard pass to TJ Jones as the Irish rebounded from a disappointing 28-21 loss to Pittsburgh. The game was played in intermittent snow, with temperatures in the 20s and winds gusting to 30 mph. The field was worn and torn despite being replaced a little more than a month ago. Several times, ball carriers fell as they tried to make cuts. But the Irish improved to 13-1-3 all-time in games where it snows, with the lone loss coming to Indianapolis Artillery in 1895. Coach Brian Kelly said the Notre Dame staff asked the Irish to focus on doing the little things right, which they lacked against Pitt. ''I think all of our players, in particular our seniors, really rallied to those things,'' Kelly said. - AP Sports
10/28/2013 - WEEK 9 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Tommy Rees, Notre Dame, showed no signs of a strained neck that knocked him out a week ago, throwing a career-high five TD passes to help the Fighting Irish rout Air Force 45-10. - AP Sports
10/26/2013 - Tommy Rees showed no signs of a strained neck that knocked him out a week ago, throwing a career-high five touchdown passes to help Notre Dame rout Air Force 45-10 on Saturday. The senior was on target all day, completing 17 of 22 passes for 284 yards as the Fighting Irish (6-2) won their third straight. Rees now has 54 career TD passes and moves past Ron Powlus for third place in team history.
Rees was back on the field a week after leaving the game with a neck ailment in the second half of a win over USC. Rees was solid all week in practice and sensational on Saturday as he picked apart the secondary of the Falcons (1-7), who dropped their seventh straight game. Rees spread the ball around as he tossed TD strikes to Corey Robinson, William Fuller, Ben Koyack, TJ Jones and Chris Brown. - AP Sports
10/19/2013 - Tommy Rees threw two touchdowns before leaving the game with an injury and Notre Dame snapped a five-game home losing streak to USC with a 14-10 victory on Saturday night. Rees was 14 of 21 passing for 166 yards with TD throws to Troy Niklas and TJ Jones in the first half. Rees left the game when he was sacked by USC linebacker Lamar Dawson in the third quarter and didn't return.
USC managed just 121 total yards of offense in the second half. After converting both third-down conversions on their opening scoring drive, the Trojans went 0-of-11 the rest of the game. The Irish (5-2) beat the Trojans (4-3) for the third time in the past four games, after losing the previous eight straight, but won at home for the first time since Pete Carroll's first year as USC coach in 2001. USC won last week in Ed Orgeron's first game as interim coach following Lane Kiffin's dismissal, but this is the earliest the Trojans have three losses since starting that 2001 season 2-5. - AP Sports
10/08/2013 - WEEK 6 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Tommy Rees, Notre Dame, threw for 279 yards and three TDs, and the Righting Irish made it 5 for 5 in the traveling Shamrock Series with a 37-34 victory against No. 22 Arizona State. - AP Sports
10/05/2013 - Tommy Rees fired three touchdown passes to lead Notre Dame to a 37-34 victory over No. 22 Arizona State on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium. The Fighting Irish (4-2) snapped a three-game losing streak to ranked teams dating to the national championship loss to Alabama in January. Rees also snapped out of a personal funk. Rees had thrown for only 246 yards in his last two games. The senior had 279 yards passing, with receiver TJ Jones accounting for 135 yards and one touchdown on eight catches.
The Irish are off for two weeks before facing USC in South Bend. Arizona State (3-2) returns to Pac-12 play next weekend at home against Colorado. Notre Dame went into the fourth quarter with a 24-13 lead before the Sun Devils rallied to tie the score at 27. Kyle Brindza's third field goal of the second half, a 25-yard boot with 3:03 remaining, gave Notre Dame a lead it wouldn't relinquish. - The Sports Xchange
09/29/2013 - Time for a quarterback change at Notre Dame? Through the first four games, as quarterback Tommy Rees carried the offense of the Fighting Irish, he seemingly evolved from his maligned past when he was nicknamed "Turnover Tommy." But Saturday was a return to his previous form as he threw three costly interceptions, which Oklahoma turned into 21 points. Is it time for Notre Dame (3-2) to call on true freshman Malik Zaire, a prized prospect who the Irish had hoped to redshirt, or stick with Rees in the hope of salvaging something this season? - The Sports Xchange
09/29/2013 - Notre Dame has dropped out of The Associated Press college football poll after losing its second game of the season, and Arizona State moved in after the Sun Devils' win prompted Southern California to fire coach Lane Kiffin. Alabama remained No. 1 as the top five held their spots for the third consecutive week. The Crimson Tide received 55 of 60 first-place votes, and No. 2 Oregon got the rest from the media panel, one more than last week. Clemson is third, followed by Ohio State and Stanford. Georgia moved up to No. 6 after its 44-41 victory against LSU, which slipped four spots to 10th.
Notre Dame (3-2), coming off a loss in the BCS championship game, began the season No. 14 but is now out of the Top 25 after losing 35-21 at home to Oklahoma, which moved up three spots to 11th. The Fighting Irish next play No. 22 Arizona State. The Sun Devils (3-1) beat USC 62-41 on Saturday night, and the Trojans fired Kiffin hours later. Maryland moved into the poll at No. 25, and Wisconsin fell out. - AP Sports
09/29/2013 - Notre Dame misses 2012 starting quarterback Everett Golson badly...Tommy Rees was 9 for 24 with two touchdowns and three interceptions. It was also his second straight week of struggles, following up a 14-for-34 day with 142 yards against Michigan State. "Obviously, I'm disappointed with how I played individually. You've got to be better," Rees said. "You can't turn the ball over and expect to win against good teams like Oklahoma." - The Sports Xchange
09/07/2013 - Scouting the Notre Dame passing game: Tommy Rees said he still needs to work on his performance, but there was plenty to like in his return to the starting quarterback spot. He went 16-of-23 for 246 yards, distributed to six different receivers, passed for three touchdowns and was never picked off. - The Sports Xchange
09/07/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Tommy Rees improved to 15-4 in his 19th career start as he resumed a starting role after serving as backup to Everett Golson last year. He was 16-of-23 for 346 yards and three touchdown passes against Temple. - The Sports Xchange
09/01/2013 - WEEK 1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Tommy Rees, Notre Dame, threw a pair of 32-yard TD passes to DaVaris Daniels and a 66-yard scoring pass to Troy Niklas in the No. 14 Irish's 28-6 victory over Temple. - AP Sports
08/31/2013 - Tommy Rees threw a pair of 32-yard touchdown passes to DaVaris Daniels, a 66-yard scoring pass to Troy Niklas and Notre Dame had three quick scoring drives en route to a 28-6 victory over Temple on Saturday. The 14th-ranked Irish jumped to a 14-0 lead on a pair of three-play drives on its opening two possessions and appeared headed for a blowout. But when the Notre Dame offense stalled, Temple squandered a pair of scoring chances, with Jim Cooper Jr. missing a pair of field goals. An unsettled feeling settled in at Notre Dame Stadium when Kenny Harper scored on a 1-yard run to cut the lead to 14-6. The Irish regained control, however, with Niklas' TD with 43 seconds left in the half.
The victory by the Fighting Irish (1-0) was the 200th career win for coach Brian Kelly, improving his overall record to 200-68-2 and at Notre Dame to 29-11. The Owls (0-1), picked to finish ninth in the 10-team American Athletic Conference, fell to 2-76 all-time against ranked opponents. Rees was 16-of-23 passing for 346 yards, registering his fourth career 300-yard passing day as the Irish improved to 11-0 under Kelly in games when they have no turnovers. - AP Sports
08/05/2013 - Tommy Rees believes he's ready to make the most of his second chance as Notre Dame's starting quarterback. Rees doesn't like the fact it took Everett Golson, who helped the Fighting Irish get to the national championship game a year ago, being suspended by the university for a semester for him to get the job. But the senior from Lake Forest, Ill., wants to take advantage of this opportunity, something he did last season when he played key roles in four victories when Golson either struggled or was injured during a 12-0 regular season.
Rees said he's always had the same mindset. ''Whenever my time came, I wanted to be ready to make the most of it. I never really anticipated things working out like this,'' he said Sunday, speaking with the media for the first time since Golson's suspension was made public in late May. ''But I'm definitely excited.''
While Rees has started 18 games for the Irish over the past three seasons, including all but the opener in 2011, he heads into the opening practice Monday knowing he will be the opening day starter for the first time in his career. He didn't even have a shot at that last year because he was suspended for the opener by coach Brian Kelly after being arrested on an underage drinking charge. ''It's a pretty good feeling. You can do exactly what you want to and you don't have to worry about competition or what's going on,'' he said.
Kelly said Friday that he has confidence in Rees, but said he named him the starter only for the opener against Temple on Aug. 31. Kelly said naming Rees the starter was an easy decision because he's a senior, has the most experience and he's popular among his teammates. - AP Sports
06/06/2013 - The competition for the starting quarterback position at Notre Dame appears to be over before it ever really began. While accepting an award in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Wednesday, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said that Tommy Rees would be the team's starting quarterback this fall. "We always move forward," Kelly told the Grand Rapids Press. "I don't live in the past, and I don't spend too much time in the future. I live in the present, and in the present, we have Tommy Rees. We have Tommy Rees, who is an established player, and he will be our starter. We think Andrew Hendrix and Malik Zaire can contribute, but Tommy will be our starter."
Notre Dame is in need of a new starting quarterback following the suspension of quarterback Everett Golson for the fall semester. While many were expecting a competition to determine Golson's replacement, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Rees is getting the job. Of the three Notre Dame quarterbacks, Rees has the most experience by far. He appeared in nine games for the Irish last season, and he's thrown for 4,413 yards, 34 touchdowns and 24 interceptions during the last three seasons. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
06/06/2013 - Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly indicated Tommy Rees is the favorite to start for the Fighting Irish in 2013. At an awards banquet in Grand Rapids, Mich., honoring Kelly for his leadership, he said Notre Dame isn't concerned about last season or the recent loss of 2012 starter Everett Golson. "I don't live in the past, and I don't spend too much time in the future," Kelly said, according to MLive.com. "I live in the present, and in the present, we have Tommy Rees. We have Tommy Rees, who is an established player, and he will be our starter. We think Andrew Hendrix and Malik Zaire can contribute, but Tommy will be our starter." Notre Dame said Rees was not officially named the starter. - The Sports Xchange
05/28/2013 - Tommy Rees has been Notre Dame's go-to guy when the Fighting Irish get in a jam. And they're certainly in one now. Rees will likely become the quarterback Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly turns to now that Everett Golson is out for 2013. Golson disclosed Sunday that he has been suspended by Notre Dame for at least the fall semester for what he said the university called poor academic judgment. "I take full responsibility for my poor choices and will do all that is asked of me to regain the trust of my family, friends, teammates, coaches and the entire Notre Dame community," he wrote.
Rees, who was suspended for the 2012 season opener after pleading guilty to misdemeanor resisting law enforcement and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor, is expected to start under center this fall. Kelly turned to then-freshman Rees to start the final four games of 2010 when Dayne Crist went down with a torn patellar tendon in his left knee. Rees also stepped in when Crist was benched after halftime in Notre Dame's ugly season-opening 23-20 loss to South Florida in 2011, and he was repeatedly called on last season when Golson struggled or was injured. Rees rallied the Irish to three victories and took every snap in a win over BYU when Golson was injured, although he struggled in that game.
The question is whether Rees can be the starting quarterback on an elite team. He is 403-of-634 passing for 4,413 yards in 33 games, including 18 starts. He has thrown 34 touchdown passes and 24 interceptions but is a slow runner, rushing the ball only 47 times for a loss of 71 yards. Not exactly the ideal candidate for Kelly's spread offense. - AP Sports