News:Tommy Rees was named the team's starting quarterback on Wednesday, SI.com reports.
Analysis: With last season's starter, Everett Golson, no longer enrolled at Notre Dame, the Irish will turn to Tommy Rees to begin the 2013 season. The senior has appeared in 33 career games (18 starts), throwing for 4,413 yards and 34 touchdowns. Rees has had issues with decision-making and consistency, but he's the most experienced quarterback on the roster. If Rees falters early, however, fellow-senior Andrew Hendrix or true freshman Malik Zaire could take over.
News:Tommy Rees was 6-of-11 for 65 yards and had an interception Saturday against Pitt.
Analysis:Tommy Rees came in initially after Everett Golson lost his helmet. Rees stayed in the game and played most of the second and third quarter. His game ended when he threw an interception after the Irish had good field position in the third quarter.
News: Everett Golson, not Tommy Rees, will start against Oklahoma on Saturday, CBS Sports reports.
Analysis:Tommy Rees just isn't very good, and unlike Golson, he has no real room for improvement. He'll only be a desperation option for Notre Dame in cases where Golson struggles or gets injured.
News:Tommy Rees was 7-of-16 passing for 117 yards along with one touchdown and one interception in Notre Dame's 17-14 win over BYU on Saturday.
Analysis: In a rare start, Tommy Rees was his usual efficient self. The numbers weren't flashy -- it was a big running day for the Irish -- so, there may not be much fantasy value in it, but it did give his team a win.
News:Tommy Rees will start over Everett Golson (concussion) against BYU on Saturday, Chicago Tribune writer Brian Hamilton reports.
Analysis: It's not clear whether Golson was benched or merely didn't gain clearance after suffering a concussion last week. We're not thrilled with Tommy Rees' fantasy prospects against a tough BYU defense, in any case.
News: Coming in after Everett Golson's head injury, Tommy Rees was 4-of-4 passing for 43 yards and a touchdown in Notre Dame's 20-13 win over Stanford on Saturday.
Analysis: He did it again, leading the Irish on their touchdown scoring drive in overtime.
News:Tommy Rees started after Everett Golson got benched for the first series after being late to practice. Rees went 2-of-4 for 25 yards in Notre Dame's 41-3 win over Miami on Saturday night.
Analysis:Tommy Rees now returns to his previous role: Notre Dame's pinch-hitter in times of need.
News:Tommy Rees will start at quarterback against Miami after Everett Golson was benched due to a violation of team rules, Alex Flanagan of NBC reports.
Analysis: It's not clear if Golson is suspended for the full game, so it's possible both could see time at quarterback.
News:Tommy Rees started the second half, went 8-of-11 passing for 115 yards and had a rushing touchdown in Notre Dame's 13-6 win over Michigan on Saturday night.
Analysis: Head Coach Brian Kelly said that they needed more consistency in the second half and felt that Tommy Rees was the guy for the job, in addition to being better able to handle the complicated looks Michigan was throwing at him. However, Kelly was quick to point out that it is still Everett Golson's job.
Notre Dame's Rees to Continue to Be on Bench, For Now
News:Tommy Rees is not the current Notre Dame starter, though he may be needed off the bench at times, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Analysis: Head Coach Brian Kelly said that Everett Golson is the starting quarterback, though he noted that sometimes you need someone to come in in a pinch -- like Tommy Rees did last week -- so you never know when Rees may be needed next.
Notre Dame's Rees Rescues Irish, Leads to Winning FG
News:Tommy Rees came off the bench late in the fourth quarter and led the Irish on a drive that led to the 27-yard game winning field goal on Saturday against Purdue.
Analysis:Tommy Rees, who was suspended for last week's opener promptly entered late in the fourth quarter and went 3-of-8 passing, including clutch conversions on third down to John Goodman and Robby Toma.
News:Tommy Rees will compete with Andrew Hendrix for the No. 2 quarterback job, the South Bend Tribune's Eric Hansen reports.
Analysis:Tommy Rees could still end up starting at some point this season, but he'll have to beat out Hendrix for the backup job first. The Irish laid a 50-10 beatdown on Navy, but starting quarterback Everett Golson was not all that impressive. He went 12-of-18 for 144 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
News: Everett Golson was named the starting quarterback for Notre Dame's season opener against Navy on September 1. Tommy Rees may have a hard time supplanting him from that spot, ESPN Chicago reports.
Analysis: Golson could provide some stability to what has been a revolving door at QB and is well-suited to running coach Brian Kelly's spread offense. Tommy Rees, who is serving one-game suspension after pleading guilty to misdemeanor ressiting law enforecemnt charge, could end up as Golson's backup for the season.
News:Tommy Rees is now allowed to practice with the rest of his Irish teammates, but will have to work his wake back up the depth chart after serving a one-game suspension in Notre Dame's season opener against Navy, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: Stated Tommy Rees in his first meeting with the press since a May 3 confrontation with police and arrest on four misdemeanor counts, "It's tough not being out there. But I accept the punishment." Rees continued, "I've got to be ready when my number's called. When I get back out there and get in the mix of things I've just got to be sharp and on my game and let the coaches make the decision from there." For now, the 20-year-old junior passer says he's offering advice to Everett Golson and Andrew Hendrix, both who are waging a battle to be named Notre Dame's initial starting quarterback.
News:Tommy Rees has been suspended for Notre Dame's Week 1 game against Navy, CBS' Brett McMurphy reports.
Analysis:Tommy Rees' relevance at Notre Dame has been steadily fading for some time now, so this suspension is insignificant. We would imagine that both Andrew Hendrix and Everett Golson are ahead of Rees in the quarterback competition for Notre Dame, and Gunner Kiel might be ahead, too.
News:Tommy Rees plead guilty Monday morning to misdemeanor resisting law enforcement and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor in connection with his arrest at an off-campus party back in May, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis:Tommy Rees, who afterward apologized to "family, friends, the Notre Dame community, Fighting Irish fans and the South Bend Police Department" for his actions in the May 3 incident, was sentenced to 50 hours of community service and 11 months of probation. He was also given a suspended sentence of 30 days in jail. In return, prosecutors agreed to drop one count of resisting law enforcement and a battery count.
Notre Dame QB Rees, LB Cleared to Practice Despite Arrests
News: Head coach of Notre Dame Brian Kelly revealed both Tommy Reese and linebacker Carlo Calabrese have been cleared to participate in summer drills, this despite both being arrested after a May 3 party, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis:Tommy Rees faces four misdemeanor charges, but, along with Calabrese (charged with one count of misdemeanor intimidation for allegedly threatening a police officer), has been cleared by Kelly to participate in all summer workouts. The Irish quarterback is scheduled for a July 17 hearing on a charge of battery, two counts of resisting law enforcement and one count of illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.
News: According to a report, Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist will not return to the team next season. Crist is scheduled to graduate later this month and will be allowed to transfer to another FBS school without sitting out a year as long as that school offers a graduate program that is not offered at Notre Dame.
Analysis: Crist was a solid contributor for the Fightin' Irish but with Tommy Rees the starter this year and Andrew Hendrix likely the starter next season, it is best for the young man to move on.
News: Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees didn't play a great game, but managed to lead his team to a comeback 4th quarter win against Wake Forest. He finished with 166 yards and two scores along with two interceptions.
Analysis: Rees has continued to be uninspiring for fantasy owners. He hasn't topped 300 yards passing since Week 2, and it is clear Notre Dame's offense at this point moves through its great duo at running back.
News: Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees struggled against USC, throwing for only 190 yards and an interception.
Analysis: Rees was unable to get into any kind of rhythm all night. He momentarily left the game with a left knee injury but was able to return after missing one series and should be fine.
News: Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees continued his streak of solid play throwing for 261 yards and three touchdowns in the blowout against Air Force.
Analysis: Rees has cut down on the turnovers, and as a result has the Notre Dame offense rolling. Rees has a few nice matchups coming up and can be a useful starter in those.
News: Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees had his first start of the year without giving up a turnover. He was solid in the blowout win over Purdue, throwing for 254 yards and three touchdowns.
Analysis: While Rees was far from perfect, completing only 24 of 40 pass attempts, he did a great job of managing the game and minimizing turnovers in the red zone. He still isn't a top 15 BCS quarterback, but he's in the top 30 and is startable in two QB leagues.
News: Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees had another game of ups and downs. He was perfect on the game-winning drive and ended up throwing for 216 yards on 24 for 41 attempts for a score to go along with two costly turnovers.
Analysis: If Rees could just cut down on the turnovers, he'd really be a solid deep league play. That just doesn't look like it will happen at this point, as he's been consistently inconsistent. Avoid if at all possible until he proves he can cut down on big mistakes.
News: Notre Dame Tommy Rees wasn't spectacular in the much needed win, but did a solid job managing the game. He threw for 161 yards on 26 attempts with one score.
Analysis: It wasn't a great statistical day for Rees, but the Michigan State defense isn't anything to scoff at. Untimely turnovers have been a major issue for Rees, but it was encouraging to see him go the entire 2nd half without giving one up.
News: Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees had another up and down game against Michigan. The good was that he threw for 315 yards and 3 touchdowns and had moments of brilliance. The bad was he continued to turn the ball over at extremely inopportune times with 2 interceptions and a fumble.
Analysis: Rees continues to be frustrating to fantasy owners and Irish fans, flashing brilliance at times and terrible decision making at others. It's impossible to predict what coach Brian Kelly will do, but his job doesn't seem to be at risk at this point. He should continue to be a solid QB2 play.
News: Notre Dame wide receiver Theo Riddick had a rough game against South Florida, but bounced back nicely against Michigan, catching 6 balls for 62 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Analysis: With Michael Floyd drawing so much attention, Riddick should continue to be a solid weekly play. Riddick was also impressive on kick returns in the game, which would add significant value if your league includes return yards.
News: Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees threw for 315 yards to go with three scores and two interceptions as the Irish again found another incredible way to lose a game.
Analysis: Rees threw two interceptions that were horribly forced, however he also led the Irish on a great drive, one that appeared to seal the deal. He'll get better and post good numbers, provided Brian Kelly doesn't decide to go back to Dayne Crist in a moment of frustration.
News:Tommy Rees has been named Notre Dame's starting quarterback as they take on Michigan this Saturday.
Analysis: Rees certainly had a better command of the offense than Dayne Crist last week against South Florida. If the Irish can clean up the mental errors, Rees should put up solid numbers this fall.
News: Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert didn't have much of a early rapport with Dayne Crist. However, he picked up right where he left off last season once Tommy Rees entered the game catching 5 of his 6 balls with Rees.
Analysis: Eifert showed in the second half why he was one of the top tight ends in the country entering into this season. With Rees at the helm, Eifert is a must start every week.
News: After weeks of speculation and a close position battle, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has announced that Dayne Crist will be the starter for the season opener against South Florida.
Analysis: Crist beat out Tommy Rees for the job and immediately becomes a fantasy impact at quarterback. While Rees' value drastically falls for this season, he still is a great player to hold onto for keeper leagues.
News: Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has announced that he will make his final decision on who his starting quarterback will be on Tuesday.
Analysis: After a spring camp that had most believing Dayne Crist was the clear cut favorite, we are now in a position where this appears to be a complete toss up between Crist and Tommy Rees. Whoever Kelly decides immediately becomes a top 20 BCS quarterback.
News: The biggest question asked to head coach Brian Kelly during Notre Dame's media day was who would be the starting quarterback for the Irish, Dayne Crist or Tommy Rees. Kelly stated he still doesn't know, and he would make his announcement at least 10 days before the Irish open up their season Sept 3 against South Florida.
Analysis: I had hoped that Kelly would let us know who was leading the race for the coveted Irish starting quarterback job during the media day session, but it looks like he is content to let this battle play out until the last minute. This is a frustrating situation to have to deal with during fantasy draft season. At this point if you draft Crist as your starter, it is an absolute must to handcuff him with Rees.
News: A week into fall camp and Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly still has yet to make a decision on who his starting quarterback will be. Coach Kelly said Dayne Crist and Tommy Rees are at this point, "neck and neck."
Analysis: I was convinced even with the talks of a quarterback position battle in fall camp that the job was Crist's. However, the longer this position battle continues without a decision from Kelly, the more I worry that this job may actually be up for grabs. Whoever comes out as the number one guy is going to have tons of talent surrounding him and should put up very solid numbers.
News: A year after a Notre Dame had issues with their offensive line because of lost starters, head coach Brian Kelly says "our offensive line gives us experience and depth. We really like our offensive line."
Analysis: It doesn't matter who starts at quarterback for the Irish this season if the offensive line doesn't improve from last year's play. Hearing Kelly speak highly of his offensive line is great news for not only Dayne Crist or Tommy Rees, but for running back Cierre Wood as well.
News: Rees was 13-for-20 for 214 yards and a touchdown in Notre Dame's 27-3 win over Army on Saturday. He also threw an interception.
Analysis: His numbers aren't outstanding but he's led the Irish to two straight wins.
News: Rees was 13-for-20 for 129 yards and three touchdowns in Notre Dame's 28-3 win over Utah on Saturday.
Analysis: The yards weren't impressive, but Rees did put the ball in the end zone three times.
Notre Dame's Rees Tosses Four Touchdowns Against Tulsa
News: Rees was 33-for-54 passing for 334 yards and four touchdowns in Notre Dame's 28-27 loss to Tulsa on Saturday. He was also intercepted three times.
Analysis: He came in early in the game for the injured Dayne Crist and put up some pretty impressive numbers. On the other hand, his interception on the game's final drive sealed Notre Dame's fate. Going forward it looks like it will be Rees's job to lose.
News: Rees was 0-for-2 passing including an interception in Notre Dame's loss to Michigan on Saturday.
Analysis: With Dayne Crist out and Nate Montana not playing well, Rees was given a shot and it didn't turn out well. Crist quickly came back in after Rees' interception led to a Michigan touchdown.