Notre Dame Spring Game: Irish Fans Should Ignore QB Stats in Blue-Gold Game

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistApril 21, 2012

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 22:  Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks at Tommy Rees #11 during a game against the University of Southern California Trojans at Notre Dame Stadium on October 22, 2011 in South Bend, Indiana. USC defeated Notre Dame 31-17.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Stats are important, but in the Blue-Gold spring game for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, it shouldn't be the main focal point for the intense quarterback battle. 

Giving the stats of Tommy Rees, Andrew Hendrix, Everett Golson and Gunner Kiel a quick glance is all that needs to be done. 

Paying attention to how each player takes charge of the offense is much more important.

Does he look like a leader out there? Does he have command of this offense? Is he making this his offense? 

These are the important questions for the Notre Dame spring game in regards to the quarterback battle.

Sure, it is just a spring game and naturally you want to see them make good throws and complete passes for big gains, but seeing one of them take true command over the offense needs to be done.

Rees has the edge here, as he's gained the most experience of all four. However, all that means is that it's critical that Hendrix and Golson do the same, especially since many Irish fans prefer one of them over Rees. 

I'd add Kiel to this as well, but I think he's a lock to take a redshirt in 2012. Of course, if he dominates the spring game and makes his presence known in the huddle in a big way, the coaches will take note of it. 

However, I doubt that will happen but, then again, you never really know, especially with Notre Dame's ups and downs in recent years. Fans sure are tired of the wishy-washy play but, hey, at least the Irish have been consistent at something, even if it is negative. (Sorry, I couldn't resist. Honestly, for the sake your well being, Irish fans, I sincerely hope the coaching staff doesn't flip-flop on QBs throughout the 2012 season.) 

Head coach Brian Kelly isn't the only one who wants to see one of these four emerge as the front-runner, but the true No. 1 QB may not emerge until the summer. 

Still, the spring game is crucial, and while the numbers each QB puts up is something to check out, they should be ignored because how each QB takes charge of the offense means so much more. 

Irish fans want a legitimate leader out there, and if they have one, he'll have to show his true identity in the Blue-Gold game Saturday afternoon.


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