Saturday’s 14-10 win over a middling mediocre USC Trojans team came with a serious price, as both the best offensive player on the Notre Dame football team, and one of their better defenders left with injuries.
Tommy Rees, who is rather underrated, and gets way more flak than he deserves, has a neck strain, but is designated day-to-day. He could practice Tuesday and perhaps start versus Air Force on Saturday. So no biggee there.
“We’re expecting that he can,” ND Coach Brian Kelly said Sunday on a teleconference with the media. Kelly said that Rees will need to gets reps with the ones if he is to get the starting not over Andrew Hendrix. “I would say that he’s got to have at least a couple practice days where he’s leading the offense.”
During the government shutdown, there was a legitimate chance that this game versus Air Force could have been cancelled.
The Hendrix Experience was…well a pretty poor experience for Notre Dame football fans as the Fighting Irish managed just 25 yards of offense during the portion of the game in which Hendrix led the offense.
So what about Louis Nix? Irish Chocolate left the game with a shoulder injury yesterday. However, he did return.
“I’m good. I’m Louis Nix,” said postgame.
“There’s no melting this chocolate.”
So there you have it Notre Dame football fans. Nix is really good, but he’s about as overrated a player as Rees is underrated. Part of it is because he’s a Notre Dame football player. Part of it is he’s a great soundbite, in a world in which 90% of the players are not good soundbites.
Which makes him even more awesome in my book.
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