The Notre Dame Fighting Irish had a four-way battle for the starting quarterback job on their hands. Tommy Rees may have just bowed out of that race after some questionable decision-making.
According to an Associated Press report (via ESPN), Rees was arrested on charges of resisting law enforcement, battery to law enforcement, minor consumption and public intoxication. He is being jailed on a preliminary felony until the prosecutor’s office can determine the formal charge.
The 19-year-old was with Fighting Irish linebacker Carlo Calabrese early Thursday morning when the incidents occurred. Calabrese has been released on $150 bond for disorderly conduct.
Rees severely hurt his chances of winning the starting job by getting into what could be serious legal trouble. What makes it more painful is that he had the inside track by way of playing the position on Saturdays for most of the 2011 season.
The other competitors are Everett Golson, who had a great spring practice season and, although undersized, possesses a ton of athleticism and upside; Andrew Hendrix, an athletic, but inconsistent player that is struggling to grasp Brian Kelly’s offense; and Gunner Kiel, the highly-touted true freshman QB recruit who the Irish landed earlier in the year.
If coach Kelly decides to make an example of Rees and gives him a harsh punishment (which is entirely possible at this point), Golson has to be the favorite to win the QB1 job in South Bend.
It’s a shame considering that Rees has a lot of potential and more experience than any of the other competitors.
The young man is still poised to lead the Irish to greatness this season, but he may not get a chance because of his stupid decision.