Sunday, September 2, 2012
Rees will compete for No. 2 spot this week
By Matt Fortuna
The overseas trip is out of the way, and with that comes the lifted suspension of Tommy Rees.
Notre Dame's most experienced quarterback will receive practice reps this week, coach Brian Kelly said Sunday, but he will be competing mostly with Andrew Hendrix for the No. 2 role against Purdue.
"Tommy now will get a chance to take some reps and get some work, and that's gonna be a process," Kelly said during a teleconference. "You don't just jump in there and pick up where you left off. He's got a lot of work to do and it will be nice to have him back in practice where he can go in there and get some meaningful reps."
Hendrix saw plenty of second half duty when Saturday's game against Navy was no longer in doubt. The redshirt sophomore completed 4 of 5 throws for 53 yards and carried the ball six times for 20 yards, leading the Irish to a pair of fourth-quarter scoring drives that resulted in 10 points.
Rees, of course, entered the season as the only signal caller on the roster with starting experience, going 12-4 as a starter before his spring arrest at an off-campus party.
"I think what we wanna do is get him some work, him and Andrew will get some work and kind of play it by ear as we go through the week because obviously they're gonna be competing for that No. 2 position going into this week," Kelly said.
Jones update: Kelly said that Ernest Jones might be released from the hospital Sunday afternoon following his admittance for dehydration upon the team's arrival back from Dublin Friday night. The coach said that Jones, director of player development and engagement for the football administrative staff, had an adverse reaction to sinus medication while up in the air.
Kelly also said he doesn't see fatigue being an issue following the trip back to the States: "I feel like the plan has been effective in making sure that we didn't have guys that were gonna be fatigued on the way back, so we'll monitor during the week. If we gotta make an adjustment we will, but I don't see that there's gonna be any issues moving forward."