Notre Dame Football: Quarterback Tommy Rees Puts His Stamp on the Team

Colby LanhamCorrespondent IOctober 9, 2011

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Tommy Rees #11 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the game on September 24, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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After a devastating loss to Michigan early in the season in the Big House's night-game debut, Notre Dame has become a different football team and has regained some attention with its 59-33 victory over Air Force on Saturday.

The 59 points the Fighting Irish scored was the most since the end of the Lou Holtz era. However, a new era of Notre Dame football has risen, led by a proud quarterback by the name of Tommy Rees, who is quickly putting his mark on this Fighting Irish team.

Rees has stepped up his game the last four weeks by providing the team with four straight victories. And in the win over Air Force, Rees provided an impressive display of ability by going 23-of-32 for 261 yards and four touchdowns, with zero interceptions. The maturation of Rees over the past four weeks has been perhaps among the biggest headlines of Notre Dame football, who as an independent football conference team has one of the strongest football histories ever known, but has been a bit of an underachiever for quite some time.

Rees is gaining the trust of both the coaches and his fellow teammates and is also on a good page with his receiving corps, hitting four different receivers for touchdown passes in the game, and is finally showing us what head coach Brian Kelly has wanted the nation to see for quite some time now.

With quarterback Tommy Rees firmly at the helm of Notre Dame's spread offensive attack, the Fighting Irish are showing the rest of college football that they aren't quite done yet, and at 4-2, they still have the potential for a high bowl bid.