Notre Dame Football: Tommy Rees Proves to Be Better QB Than Everett Golson

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistSeptember 22, 2012

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 22:  Quarterback Tommy Rees #11 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks to pass against the Michigan Wolverines in the third quarter at Notre Dame Stadium on September 22, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Brian Kelly just can't seem to settle on a quarterback when it comes to deciding between Tommy Rees and Everett Golson.

For the second week in a row, Kelly trotted out Golson as his starter only to give Rees a chance to lead the offense, but this time Rees came in for the entire second half.

With Rees leading the way for an Irish victory over the rival Michigan Wolverines, you can't really blame Kelly for going with the more experienced Rees to close out the game. Golson appeared to be rattled in the first half.

Golson, who won the starting job after a tight three-man competition in the offseason with Rees and Andrew Hendrix, had a difficult time establishing a connection with his receivers in the early going and suffered from some questionable play-calling, going 3-for-8 with two interceptions and 30 yards.

The Irish were still able to get out to a 10-0 lead before going into the locker room, but Kelly had seen enough and made the switch.

As much as Irish fans may not want to see a quarterback controversy, Kelly made the right decision.

The fact of the matter is that this Notre dame defense showed up in a big way against a Michigan offense that can be very explosive with Denard Robinson, and Rees gave the Irish the best chance to close out the game.

If the Irish defense continues to play at a high level, this team has a chance to make some noise and a possible BCS run if it can manage its brutal schedule. Rees gives them the best chance to win now.

Golson is a playmaker. His potential is far and away better than Rees', but he has shown that he simply isn't ready to lead this team to prominence. After going 14-for-32 in a 20-3 victory over the Michigan State Spartans and putting up an ineffective first half against the Wolverines, it's clear that Golson's inefficiency outweighs his playmaking ability.

With Rees going a respectable 8-for-11 for 115 yards with a rushing touchdown, he showed that he is more than capable of guiding this team to big wins in clutch situations.

It's clear that the quarterback controversy is far from over in South Bend. Brian Kelly will be making a big statement when he decides whom he will start the team's home game against the Miami Hurricanes October 6 and how he handles the situation going forward.