Brian Kelly: Notre Dame QB 1 is Tommy Rees



Everett Golson led the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to the national title game as a sophomore. Obviously, he’s gone now. But could return for the winter quarter possibly. And as we’ve learned over the course of the Brian Kelly regime, BK loves himself some Tommy Rees. Like my girlfriend loves herself some Candy Crush on her smartphone.

Yesterday Brian Kelly confirmed that Tommy Rees is the once again first team Notre Dame QB.

“We have Tommy Rees, who is an established player, and he will be our starter,” Kelly said at a public event in Grand, Rapids, Michigan. “We think Andrew Hendrix and Malik Zaire can contribute, but Tommy will be our starter.”

Consensus #1 quarterback recruit Gunner Kiel committed to Notre Dame, but he left school to transfer to Cincinnati.

Gunner Kiel committed to Indiana, LSU, ND and then finally the Bearcats. He has yet to play a down of college football. He has already verified that he is still committed to Cincy. Brian Kelly laughed off the Gunner Kiel question today at the press conference. It’s not going to happen.

Hendrix provides a dual threat for the Irish;  and Rees has a lot of experience. Not all of it is good, as Rees is known to create a lot of turnovers. Rees also has the feel and look of a 8-5 team QB1. The Notre Dame QB situation kind of returned to where it was 2010-11 this past weekend; a step down from the Notre Dame QB situation in 2012.

“Was I disappointed? Certainly. Surprised? No,” Brian Kelly said.

“When you’re working with 18-21 year old kids. I’m not surprised when my 15-year-old knucklehead son comes home and does crazy things. But there is a family (here) and we support him and we’re proud of the way he handled himself,” Kelly said about the former Notre Dame QB.

Rees will be QB1, and that means likely Hendrix QB2 and Zaire QB3 come autumn camp.

So what can the Notre Dame QB candidate do to distinguish himself from the others this June and July? How can Tommy Rees lock down the Notre Dame QB leadership position?

“As is indicated from years past, I’m sure these guys will be highly motivated to go out there and throw and do all things necessary to develop their skills,” Kelly said.

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