Tommy Rees will start for Notre Dame at QB
BY LAMOND POPE Sun-Times Media June 6, 2013 12:50PM
Notre Dame v Michigan
Updated: June 8, 2013 3:32PM
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 after 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 started 18. He has completed 63.6 percent of his passes for 4,413 yards and 34 touchdowns and has thrown 24 interceptions.
“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, 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. 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 to 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 touchdown passes and two interceptions.
Rees played in 13 games in 2011 and made 12 starts. He had 2,871 passing yards, 20 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions. He had 1,106 passing yards, 12 touchdown passes and eight interceptions in 2010.
Hendrix has played in eight games and has 304 passing yards and one touchdown pass. He also has rushed for 203 yards. Zaire enrolled at Notre Dame in January.