Apr. 21, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson (1) , quarterback Tommy Rees (11) and quarterback Gunner Kiel (5) warm up before the Blue-Gold Game at Notre Dame Stadium. Kiel and Golson traded numbers for the game so Kiel could wear number five in honor of his uncle and former quarterback Blair Kiel who died April 8, 2012. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

Everett Golson Officially Named Notre Dame Starting QB

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Everett Golson To Be 2012 Notre Dame Starting QB, According To Report

Sophomore Everett Golson has topped junior Andrew Hendrix and will be named Notre Dame's starting quarterback for the 2012 season, the Chicago Tribune reports. The pair had been battling since spring ball began, with 2011 starter Tommy Rees helping to excuse himself by earning a suspension for a May arrest.

As for the quarterback competition, Kelly had floated the idea of the two passers splitting snaps against Navy. Other potential contenders included Dayne Crist, who transferred to Kansas, and Gunner Kiel, who's a true freshman.

Golson was a Rivals three-star recruit out of South Carolina with plenty of SEC and Big Ten offers. He ran the scout team offense as a freshman and looked the part of starter in the Irish spring game, for whatever spring games are worth.

Hendrix made appearances in five games last year, completing 48.6 percent of his throws for a 103.29 passer rating and 6.7 yards per attempt.

From Notre Dame blog One Foot Down's analysis of the position battle entering fall camp:

I just don't think the staff fully trusts Hendrix when he's still such a raw passer, and despite not having thrown a pass in a real game yet, I believe Golson has a big advantage with his natural throwing skills.

However, I think we have to prepare ourselves for Hendrix to start, and I don't think it would necessarily be bad thing especially if it means the team is going to be running the ball a lot. At least for the opener in Ireland (and perhaps against Purdue) starting Hendrix gives you the ability to run the ball a lot from the QB position, and there'd probably be plenty of opportunities to get Golson's feet wet at the same time.

So I guess it shouldn't shock any of us if they both play, but I've felt this is going to be Golson's time for a while now. Rees' suspension just reinforces that feeling.

Golson will figure out the pre-snap stuff and get everyone set up correctly. That issue was largely overblown from the hectic and confusing substitutions from the spring game. Golson's main issue was always becoming more of a leader off the field and I believe he'll make big strides during the upcoming fall camp.

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Notre Dame Suspends Tommy Rees For Season Opener

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will open the 2012 football season in Ireland on Sept. 1, playing against the Navy Midshipmen. Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees will not be joining them.

The Associated Press reports that Rees and linebacker Carlo Calabrese have been suspended for the season opener. The two players were arrested following an off-campus party in early May. Rees was accused of assaulting a police officer and both players have been charged with misdemeanors. Rees pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to community service and probation.

Coach Brian Kelly announced the suspensions on Tuesday, saying that the players made "poor decisions." Neither suspended player will take the trip to Ireland with the rest of the Notre Dame team.

For more updates on the Tommy Rees situation, stay tuned to this StoryStream. For all news and information regarding the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, head on over to One Foot Down.

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Tommy Rees Arrested: Notre Dame's Depth Chart Likely Clears Up A Little

By no means do we want to make light of a young man facing possible jail time for a mistake, but the arrest of Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Tommy Rees impacts an entire major college football program. So there are football implications to discuss.

Rees started for the Irish last year, putting up 2,871 yards and 20 touchdowns, completing a healthy 65 percent of his passes. However, he's best known for his red zone turnovers. With 14 interceptions and five lost fumbles, Notre Dame's offense just couldn't get out of its own way with Rees at the controls.

Dayne Crist has transferred to Kansas, and freshman Gunner Kiel looks likely to redshirt. That leaves junior Andrew Hendrix and redshirt freshman Everett Golson as the potential starters, assuming Rees' felony arrest damages his chances beyond repair. That's entirely reasonable, as he'll almost certainly be suspended from game time at the least.

Kelly doesn't plan to announce a starter until summer. He's down to what appears to be two options, if Kiel redshirts.

Hendrix got some experience last year, flashing some dual-threat speed in five games, but was inaccurate (48 percent completion, two interceptions in 37 throws) in his small sample size. Golson was the star of this year's spring game, throwing two touchdowns and avoiding interceptions -- Hendrix and Rees each turned the ball over.

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