Tommy Rees Named Notre Dame's Starting QB for Clash With BYU

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 20, 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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Junior quarterback Tommy Rees will start under center for the No. 5-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday afternoon when they host BYU in South Bend, according to the Chicago Tribune's Brian Hamilton (via Twitter):

Tommy Rees will start at QB for #NotreDame today, multiple sources tell the Tribune.

— Brian Hamilton (@ChiTribHamilton) October 20, 2012


Rees will get the nod over sophomore Everett Golson, who suffered a concussion last week against Stanford. He was cleared to practice earlier this week.

Golson has been Notre Dame's primary starter since the beginning of the season. Rees' most recent start for the Irish came two weeks ago on Oct. 6, when Golson was benched for the opening series for being late for a practice session.

Rees has completed 68 percent of his passes for 218 yards and one touchdown in four games this season. He has made an appearance for head coach Brian Kelly in the Irish's last three games.

Rees also has more experience. He threw for 1,106 yards and 12 touchdowns as a freshman in 2010, and he passed for 2,871 yards and 20 touchdowns last season, leading the Irish to an 8-5 record for the second straight season.

Meanwhile, Golson has played solid football through the first half of the season, passing for 968 yards and four scores in six games. His rushing threat had increased over his last two games before the injury (92 yards).

Rees completed 2-of-4 passes for 25 yards in his last start against Miami at Soldier Field two weeks ago, but he threw the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime last weekend against Stanford.

Rees will attempt to lead Notre Dame to its first 7-0 start since 2002 on Saturday afternoon against BYU. 


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