Notre Dame Football: Zach Collaros

Kelly hopes Year 3 brings QB answer

August, 24, 2012
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It's preview week here at ESPN.com, with yours truly contributing to the coverage today with a story on Brian Kelly's successful quarterback history. Will Year 3 at Notre Dame provide answers for Kelly in South Bend?

From the story:
It was fun for Grand Valley State, where Kelly won consecutive Division II national titles using a senior and a freshman, respectively, under center.

It was fun for Central Michigan and LeFevour, who spent two years under Kelly and finished his career atop almost every Mid-American Conference passing mark.

And it was fun for Cincinnati, where Kelly used seemingly every quarterback scenario imaginable -- once using five in a single season -- en route to two Big East titles in three years.

"I think that Coach Kelly does a great job of adjusting to what he has at the quarterback position, no matter what it is," former Bearcats quarterback Zach Collaros said. "If it's a drop-back guy, [or] a guy that can move around, I think he can adjust to game plans and exploit a team's weaknesses."

To read the full story, click here.

McShay: Bowl comes down to quarterbacks

December, 20, 2011
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Be sure to check out today's ESPNU College Football Podcast with Ivan Maisel and Todd McShay, who break down many of the remaining December bowl games, including Dec. 29's Champs Sports Bowl between Notre Dame and Florida State.

McShay thinks this one will come down to the quarterback position for Notre Dame:
"It just comes down to, can they get Tommy Rees where they want to get him at the quarterback position? He's gonna start again, which surprised me after Andrew Hendrix came in for him. Hendrix's just a sophomore and he looked OK. But he didn't do anything to blow you away. He was 11-of-24 with a touchdown and an interception in that game at Stanford when he came in to relieve Tommy Rees. So ultimately what's been so interesting and so frustrating for coach Brian Kelly is the fact that he came in as the quarterback guru. You think about some of the guys he had success with at Cincinnati: Tony Pike, OK. Zach Collaros, OK. But it seemed like he could just work anyone into his system and it has not been the case at Notre Dame, so that's the big challenge moving forward."

The Champs Sports Bowl conversation begins shortly after the 30-minute mark. The two also touch on Florida State's special teams edge and the fallout from each team failing to meet lofty preseason expectations.

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