Despite a winning percentage greater than any starting quarterback for Notre Dame since Kevin McDougal went 11-1 in 1993, junior Tommy Rees has been arguably the most heavily-criticized player to come through South Bend.
Rees appeared to have the magic touch in 2010, leading the Irish to wins in his first four starts, including wins against longtime rivals Miami (FL) and USC. That changed in 2011, when Rees committed 19 turnovers, many inside the red zone, as the Irish sputtered to a disappointing 8-5 season.
An offseason arrest and subsequent one-game suspension could mean the Chicago native will never take another meaningful snap for the Irish, as the more talented Andrew Hendrix and Everett Golson appear poised to take control of the position.
However, Hendrix and Golson would be wise to learn from Rees, both on and off the field. Here are five lessons Notre Dame's young quarterbacks can take from the much-maligned Rees.