Notre Dame Football: Tommy Rees Needs to Be Irish's Starting QB

Richard LangfordCorrespondent ISeptember 24, 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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Maligned Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees has earned another chance to start for the Irish. However, ESPN's Matt Fortuna notes that coach Brian Kelly maintains that Everett Golson will continue to start, but that is a mistake. 

For the second time this season, Rees took over the signal-calling duties for sophomore Golson and led his team to victory. 

Rees entered midway through the second quarter of Notre Dame's 13-6 triumph over Michigan on Saturday, sparking an offense that had become stagnant through the ineffectiveness of its quarterback. 

On his eight attempts, Golson could only muster 30 yards, and his two interceptions almost matched his three completions. He appeared rattled by the tough Michigan defense, and the game appeared to be moving too fast for him. 

Rees did not come in and light the world on fire, but he did not seem overwhelmed. He was efficient and got the offense moving. He finished 8-for-11 for 115 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions. 

That was more than the Irish needed on this day, and that is what they need going forward. 

Rees, who struggled mightily with turnovers last year, has emerged as a quarterback capable of taking care of the football. He has experience which has given him the poise to handle the big stage. 

There is little doubt that the talented Golson will improve, but this is not the time for the Irish to be handing out learning lessons. 

This team is 4-0, and they have an outstanding defense.

They need a quarterback that can effectively manage a game and make a few big plays in the clutch; Rees can do just that.