Notre Dame Quarterback Derby will Be Intriguing this Summer

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During one of his banner seasons leading the Cincinnati Bearcats, current Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly played two QBs. This fall in South Bend, it could happen again. Maybe.

Dayne Crist is the projected starter, with Tommy Rees number two as of today, but the depth chart isn’t set in stone, or anything like that, as of now.

“We’ll have to obviously cut back and hone in on who the starter and back-up in that order is,” Kelly said after the Blue/Gold spring game.

“but we have knowledge now.  Now we can move forward in making some of those tougher decisions relative to who is one, and who is two.”

For part one of our analysis, focusing on Everett Golson and Tommy Rees.

Today, we focus on Dayne Crist and Andrew Hendrix.

By Paul M. Banks

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Notre Dame Could Play Multiple QBs this Year

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During one of his banner seasons leading the Cincinnati Bearcats, current Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly played two QBs. This fall in South Bend, it could happen again. Maybe.

Dayne Crist is the projected starter, with Tommy Rees number two as of today, but the depth chart isn’t set in stone, or anything like that, as of now.

“We’ll have to obviously cut back and hone in on who the starter and back-up in that order is,” Kelly said after the Blue/Gold spring game.

“but we have knowledge now.  Now we can move forward in making some of those tougher decisions relative to who is one, and who is two.”

By Paul M. Banks

For part 2 of this analysis, focusing on Crist and Hendrix, go here

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Notre Dame Football Season Wrap: Facts, Figures, Notes and Tidbits

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Notre Dame ended the season with four consecutive wins, the first Irish team to do so since 1992 (that team finished its season with seven straight wins). They utterly routed a struggling Miami Hurricanes team with serious quarterback issues in a very chilly Sun Bowl game.

There are a ton of questions to be answered in the offseason, starting mostly with the health of the skill position guys and whether or not Kyle Rudolph and Michael Floyd return to school for their senior seasons.

We’ll delve into that later; for now let’s look at some of the more notable season-ending nuggets and tidbits.

By Paul M. Banks

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Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees living the “dream”

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Most of the luster has faded and the invincibility is gone, but for many young men, playing football at Notre Dame is still a dream.

Stepping on the to field at 18-years-old, masterfully engineering the game plan and leading the Irish to its first defeat of a ranked team in four years is a whole different thought. And that is exactly what freshman and Lake Forest, IL native Tommy Rees did last Saturday inside Notre Dame Stadium.

By Brian McCabe

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