The post-spring college football wrap-up poll on ESPN.com lists the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 17th for 2011, with the following comments from Mark Schlabach:
“The Fighting Irish left spring practice without a starting quarterback. Coach Brian Kelly probably won’t name a starting quarterback until shortly before the Sept. 3 opener against USF, as senior Dayne Crist, sophomores Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix and freshman Everett Golson will continue battling for the starting job during preseason camp.
Kelly said he’ll probably use more than one quarterback this season. . . . Kelly believes his second Notre Dame team will be better than his first because the Irish will be better on defense. The Irish will play nine games against teams that played in bowl games in 2010 (plus USC), so there won’t be much margin for error.”
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