The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a quarterback conundrum on their hands.
Since incumbent starter Tommy Rees is reportedly suspended for the team’s first game against Navy, one of the experienced backups—Andrew Hendrix, Everett Golson—will eventually win the QB1 job for Week 1.
However, both of them might see some snaps in the contest.
According to an Associated Press report (via The Orange County Register), coach Brian Kelly would prefer a single QB, but would not be afraid to use the other if necessary.
''I'd like to have one quarterback and have him be the guy, '' Kelly said. ''Obviously they both have the ability to be starters. I can't say I wouldn't be comfortable.”
After Navy, the Irish take on Purdue at South Bend and it remains to be seen who will start under center.
According to the Indianapolis Star, Rees has a chance to work his way back up the depth chart following his suspension for a May 3 arrest on four misdemeanor counts. He’s been allowed to practice with the team and will be competing for his old job on a daily basis.
However, if Golson or Hendrix shines against Navy, it might be tough for Kelly to revert to a QB who led them to another mediocre 8-5 record in 2011.
The coach is just 16-10 during his two-year tenure with the Irish, which is worse than his predecessor—Charlie Weis (19-6 in his first two seasons)—and has him in the hot seat.
Expect Kelly to do what’s best for the team and his job security when it comes to picking a QB. It’s definitely up in the air and very well could be up until kickoff on September 8.
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