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Notre Dame’s Rees starter against Temple, but not a sure bet for the whole season

Kelly said Rees will need to keep turnovers down.

Posted on Aug. 2, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 2, 2013 at 12:55 p.m.

NOTRE DAME — Tommy Rees may be under center on Aug. 31, but he doesn’t necessarily have the job for the entire season.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said that naming Rees the starting quarterback early in the summer made sense for the opening game against Temple.

“He was the most experienced and gave us the best opportunity to win against Temple,” Kelly said. “I didn’t name him the starter for all 13 games. I named him the starter for Temple.”

Kelly said Rees, who has started 18 games for Notre Dame, continues to prove that he won’t be the turnover-prone signal caller he was in 2011.

“I think he’s got to continue to make good decisions,” Kelly said. “Any quarterback needs to do that. We’re not just saying that about Tommy Rees. We did it last year. My expectations are to continue to do that. He’s stronger. He has a better grasp of the offense.

“I think you’re going to see the best of Tommy Rees.”

Kelly’s other options at quarterback are senior Andrew Hendrix and true freshman Malik Zaire.

Former starting quarterback Everett Golson, who was suspended in May, is expected to return to school in January and has been in communication with offensive coordinator Chuck Martin daily.

Without Golson, Kelly will have to reshape the playbook to fit Rees’ abilities.

“We probably won’t be running as much option with Tommy, but we’ll do things that suit him,” Kelly said.

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