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Brian Kelly names Tommy Rees starting QB

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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly had been mum about who would be the Irish’s starting quarterback this fall in the week following Everett Golson‘s academic-related suspension.

The key word being “had.”

Kelly broke that silence on Wednesday while speaking at Grand Valley State’s annual Enrichment Dinner (Kelly coached GVSU from 1991-2003) when he confirmed that 2011 starter/2012 closer Tommy Rees would be the Irish’s starting quarterback.

Here’s Kelly’s quote via

“We always move forward,” Kelly said. “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.”

Can’t say the announcement is much of a surprise. Rees has all the experience in Notre Dame’s QB group with 18 career starts. Of course, as Kelly mentioned, this could very well be a group played by committee, but Rees will be the first-team guy as it stands today.

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14 Responses to “Brian Kelly names Tommy Rees starting QB”
  1. irishking says: Jun 6, 2013 4:58 PM

    One has to go with Tommy because he is the best hope for another successful Irish season.

  2. polegojim says: Jun 6, 2013 5:41 PM

    Good for him… now he needs to be very very ready

  3. ajarkoski says: Jun 6, 2013 7:29 PM

    No way ND has a chance at even a 500 scehdule with Tommy Rees. I would even start the rookie Zaire and go through the learning curve with him. Rees is a known relief pitcher. Outstanding role he played last year keeping the season perfect and pulling out clutch wins. He came in relief before a team was ready to prepare for him. They will crush him and the domers. No question. The ONLY option is if Andrew Hendrix comes through and takes over the team after Rees throws his first interception. And how does Kelly even decide this now before the training and conditioning and team pratices through the summer. Unless Hendrix is also leaving. I would still go with the rookie then.

  4. irishking says: Jun 6, 2013 7:42 PM

    Kelly will not play a wild card. It’s Tommy or bust!

    and I didn’t say Buster but Bust.

  5. thegamecocker says: Jun 6, 2013 8:16 PM


    The ND 2013 football schedule is incredibly mediocre with two toss-up games: Michigan in the “Big House” and Stanford in Palo Alto. Let’s review the remaining teams and predictions:

    Temple – W
    Michigan – Toss-up
    Purdue – W
    Mich St. – W (Mich St chokes against ND virtually
    every time they play)
    Oklahoma – W Oklahoma lost to ND in
    Norman…this game is in SBend…)
    Arizona St – W
    USC – W game is in South Bend /
    Air Force – W
    Navy – W
    Pitt – W
    BYU – W
    Stanford – Toss-up

    Compare the quality of teams (or lack thereof) on this schedule and compare it to any SEC schedule and you quickly understand why the SEC dominates). Oklahoma couldn’t beat ND in Norman….think they have a shot in SB? Me either.

  6. necr0philia says: Jun 6, 2013 8:50 PM

    Hahahahhaahahaaha. Good luck with that!!!!!!

  7. thekatman says: Jun 6, 2013 9:26 PM

    Temple – W
    Michigan – LOSS
    Purdue – W
    Mich St. – LOSS
    every time they play)
    Oklahoma – LOSS
    Arizona St – LOSS
    USC – LOSS, and Tommy Rees will fumble the ball again.l
    Air Force – W
    Navy – W, stretching it.
    Pitt – W
    BYU – W
    Stanford – LOSS

  8. irishdodger says: Jun 6, 2013 11:46 PM

    @gamecocker: speaking of mediocre schedules:

    August 31 NORTH CAROLINA – W

    September 7 at Georgia* – L

    September 14 VANDERBILT* – W (last year was a mirage…Vandy couldn’t beat a team w/ a winning record)

    September 21 Open

    September 28 at Central Florida – W

    October 5 KENTUCKY* – W (won’t even sniff a bowl)

    October 12 at Arkansas* – W (looong way to go)

    October 19 at Tennessee* – W (this ain’t the 90s)

    October 26 at Missouri* – W (underachieving B12 castoff)

    November 2 MISSISSIPPI STATE* – W (another SEC team who couldn’t beat a team w/ a winning record in the regular season last year…then got punked by an academic school in their bowl…OUCH)

    November 9 Open

    November 16 FLORIDA* – L

    November 23 COASTAL CAROLINA – WTF?…a 3rd bye week…nice

    November 30 CLEMSON – TOSS UP

    The only threats on this schedule are the only three quality teams: Georgia, Florida & Clemson. The rest? Cupcakes.

  9. polegojim says: Jun 7, 2013 12:16 AM

    gamecocker… Michigan aint’ no TOSS UP bro.

    ND has lost ground… Michigan has gained.

  10. mik303 says: Jun 7, 2013 12:18 AM

    Why is everyone putting Pitt as a “W?” Notre Dame won in triple OT at home last year to them. So ND has to go on the road to Pitt. Not an automatic at all.

  11. irishking says: Jun 7, 2013 12:27 AM

    I fully agree. Pitt normally plays extra tough against the Irish as many others do. No doubt about it.

  12. 11thstreetmafia says: Jun 7, 2013 9:06 AM

    No games are automatic for any team. Quit predicting W’s and L’s in June, clowns. BTW, Tommy Rees s 14-4 as a starter in his career. I think he has earned this opportunity. Love him or hate him, Rees is a senior who has deserves his last hurrah in SB. I’m sure we will see plenty of Hendrix mixed in, but, here we go!

  13. thegamecocker says: Jun 7, 2013 9:45 AM

    My rationale for the W’s & L’s selected for ND is due to the fact that Brian Kelly is a very good HC. Not much in the way of character, but a very sound HC. Against teams like Pitt, Navy, Temple, Air Force, Purdue, and Mich St., Kelly will prepare them accordingly and not let them lose. He did this a U. of Cincy and that he why he was hired at ND. At worst, ND is a 10 win team with this schedule. I still cannot believe that vaunted Oklahoma lost to ND in Norman! “Boomer Sooner” lost alot of credibility by losing that game. I do hope Stanford demolishes ND though.

  14. thegamecocker says: Jun 7, 2013 9:54 AM


    Yes, Coastal Carolina is a cupcake. Central Florida, not so much. Every other team on Carolina’s schedule is respectable including Kentucky with Mark Stoops as HC and Vanderbilt who would probably play ND even. ND would lose to Georgia and Florida regardless of venue. Clemson would beat ND in Death Valley; toss-up in SB. Arkansas, Mizzou, and UTenn…..ND would lose to at least one of these teams. Like I said, playing the likes of Air Force, Navy, BYU, Pitt, Purdue, and Temple are tune-up games. USC is always tough, despite being handicapped by number of scholarships offered. If the game was in LA, you’d lose. While I have absolutely no respect for Ernie Vanderdose, ND not allowing him to transfer to Southern Cal speaks volumes about how ND controls their schedule……

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