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There is no question that the position every Irish fan will be paying the most attention to is the quarterback position. Of course, there are other concerns to pay attention to as well, such as the secondary, but none bigger than quarterback.
The quarterbacks that will be competing for the Fighting Irish's starting job are Tommy Rees, Andrew Hendrix, Everett Golson and Gunner Kiel.
Rees has more experience over every other quarterback on the roster, as he's played quite a bit the last two seasons and started last year.
He completed 65 percent of his passes for 20 touchdowns in 2011, but the turnovers haunt Rees and this Irish team the most. Rees has thrown a combined 22 interceptions in two seasons.
Still, the experience alone makes him a strong candidate to once again become the starting option.
Hendrix is a big body at 6'2" and 220 pounds. He is more of a dual-threat quarterback, as he's capable of scrambling to move the chains. Hendrix also has the best arm out of this group, which is probably his best trait.
Although, much like Rees, Hendrix does tend to force the ball sometimes, as you saw a little bit last season when he threw two interceptions on only 37 pass attempts.
Still, the sophomore quarterback will get a strong look.
Golson is the dual-threat quarterback out of this bunch, and that's what makes him such an exciting prospect the fans want to see. In Brian Kelly's spread offense, Golson would likely be the best fit overall because of his legs.
However, other than his running ability, we don't know much about Golson since he has yet to step foot on the football field at the collegiate level.
Kiel has the longest odds to win this competition, but he will likely be given an outside shot to win the starting job. He was one of the top prospects in this year's class, and he's considered the future star for this program.
We know Kiel has great accuracy and makes great decisions on the football field. It's the lack of experience that will force the 5-star recruit to wait a year or so before taking over.
I think the starting position will either be given to Golson or Hendrix. Both are young players who have a ton of upside. While Rees may have the experience, Kelly and Irish fans simply can't put up with another season of 20-plus turnovers. At the same time, I wouldn't be surprised if Kelly goes with a two-quarterback system and uses Golson's feet at times and Hendricks arm.