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Change-up: Irish going with Rees as starting QB

Dayne Crist Tommy Rees

Keith Arnold called it.

Actually, anybody watching Notre Dame’s 23-20 loss to South Florida could have, but we like to make Keith feel good.

After relieving ineffective Irish starting quarterback Dayne Crist of his duties at halftime with Tommy Rees, coach Brian Kelly announced today that Rees would be the starter for week two’s game against Michigan.

Rees, despite throwing two interceptions against the Bulls, was able to toss for nearly 300 yards in a half and a pair of touchdowns — and nearly mounted a game-winning comeback.

Crist, on the other hand, was a forgettable 7-of-15 with a pick in the first half.

As we had talked about relative to Dayne, we talked about production,” Kelly said in the press conference. “Tommy was very productive in the second half and he’ll get the chance to start against Michigan.”

Rees was 4-0 as a starter for the Irish last season after filling in for Crist, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in a loss to Tulsa.

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4 Responses to “Change-up: Irish going with Rees as starting QB”
  1. polegojim says: Sep 6, 2011 1:30 PM

    There now…was that really so hard Coach Kelly?
    What did you gain by that forced drama?

    I’ve always liked Notre Dame… but Coach Kelly, not so much… especially after watching the sideline tirades…

    … I hope the Irish get better in spite of his disposition.

    Looking forward to the game, the awesome continuation of a historic rivalry… and an improved Michigan special teams effort!

    GO BLUE!

  2. southernpatriots says: Sep 6, 2011 2:36 PM

    Similar concerns about Kelly as polegojim. Our hope is that Michigan remembers what happened last year following the Irish’s loss then playing Michigan. Our hope this year Michigan takes the upcoming game very seriously and prepares appropriately.

    Some friends will take great issue with us but I think we will survive…….GO BLUE!

  3. polegojim says: Sep 6, 2011 5:35 PM

    Thank you SouthernPats, much appreciated. Most here realize that we’re practically family, even though we’re Miles apart.

    Big House looks awesome at night – we should easily push 113k… hey if we hit 113090 against Connecticut, Note Dame could easily exceed it.


    Keeping Hope Alive for a top 25 ranking soon, but hey, Michigan D is 34th up from 110th last year. I’ll take that as a good start.

  4. southernpatriots says: Sep 6, 2011 6:44 PM

    polegojim: We understand. Our offense last year was 100th – 120th! Our hope this year is that it picks up to at least the top 50.

    Defense does what it needs to do with each team and usually enables us to win.

    By God’s grace, your team will be much better prepared this year than last. Coach Kelly will get his players more prepared for the game with your team than he probably will all others this year.

    Not only because he cannot afford to have ND go 0-2 but also because it is Michigan. We face this with several SEC teams each year. They are even more motivated and determined when they play us, even more than with other teams.

    We have to tell you this….a few months ago one of the assistant ADs and some deep pocket alums were advocating for an expansion of LSU Tiger Stadium (Deaf/Death Valley). They said the scoreboard was due to be replaced so they would expand that end of the venerable old stadium to add enough seats to “be the largest college stadium in the country.”

    Upon hearing this, we went to the next meeting and offered: “In case you don’t know the largest stadium by far is The Big House of the University of Michigan and they are planning an expansion, which may be complete before you finish this expansion, and why do you need expanded seats when some of the games each season are not filled? (presently there are thousands of tickets still available for about half remaining games at home, and that is at about a 94,000 capacity.)

    Several state senators heard of our statement and spoke forth in the state legislature that this matter needed further study before any decision was made. ha!

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