For the first time since 2006, Notre Dame will have a senior quarterback under center when it opens the 2013 season against Temple on August 31. Tommy Rees has assumed the starting role after Everett Golson's dismissal in May, and Rees will make his 19th career start against the Owls.
Notre Dame has had seven senior starting quarterbacks since Lou Holtz's arrival in 1986, with a mixed bag in terms of results. Three times, Notre Dame registered double-digit wins, but on two occasions, the Irish finished with a losing record.
While the former certainly seems more likely than the latter for the 2013 Fighting Irish, history shows that a veteran quarterback doesn't always translate into on-field success.
Let's take a look back at those seven Notre Dame seasons since the start of the Holtz era with a senior quarterback.