Brian Kelly says Tommy Rees will start for Irish
By LaMond Pope 713-2691 or firstname.lastname@example.org June 6, 2013 8:51PM
Notre Dame v Michigan
Updated: July 8, 2013 6:52AM
Notre Dame appears ready to hand the quarterback reins back to Tommy Rees.
According to a report in the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press, coach Brian Kelly said Wednesday that Rees will be the starter for the upcoming season.
It’s the most logical move for Notre Dame following the news of Everett Golson’s suspension for the fall term. Rees has the most playing experience of the quarterbacks on the roster. The other options include Andrew Hendrix and Malik Zaire.
Rees, a senior, has appeared in 33 games and has 18 starts for the Irish. He has thrown for 4,413 yards, 34 touchdowns and 24 interceptions while completing 63.6 percent of his of passes.
“We always move forward,” Kelly said, according to 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.”
Kelly was at Grand Valley State’s Enrichment Dinner on Wednesday, where he and his wife Paqui were honored with the Leadership Award, according to the report. Kelly was the coach at Grand Valley State from 1991-2003.
Golson, who helped the Irish reach the Bowl Championship Series title game, said in a May 26 statement that he was suspended for the fall term from the university because of “poor academic judgment.”
Golson started 11 games in 2012. Rees started the other two.
Rees appeared in 11 games last season and had 436 passing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Rees played in 13 games in 2011 — and made 12 starts. He had 2,871 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He had 1,106 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2010.
Hendrix has played in eight games and has 304 passing yards and one touchdown. He’s also rushed for 203 yards. Zaire enrolled at Notre Dame in January.
Kelly said during a May 28 teleconference that the three “will all have an opportunity to compete and be the starter.” He also said the team was fortunate to have experience in the form of Rees and Hendrix and stressed the importance of taking care of the football.
“Just like a guy who can’t make tackles, he’s probably not going to be on the field if you can’t tackle. And you’re probably not going to be on the field if you throw interceptions, whether you are Tommy Rees, Malik Zaire or Everett Golson,” Kelly said. “That’s pretty established within our program as to what the expectations are.”