Tommy Rees and Brian Kelly will ensure the Irish remain title contenders

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Tommy Rees and Brian Kelly will decide the Irish’s fortunes in 2013.

Quarterback Tommy Rees looked sharp leading Notre Dame to a 28-6 victory over Temple on Saturday in South Bend, Indiana.

Roughly two weeks after Everett Golson was banned in May for being a dunce, Irish head coach Brian Kelly announced that the 21-year-old Rees would start over Andrew Hendrix and Malik Zaire.

The Irish’s most experienced passer didn’t disappoint Kelly and completed 16 of 23 attempts for 346 yards and three touchdowns against a feeble Owls squad.

Rees has now thrown 37 scores, against 24 picks, for 4,759 yards over 34 appearances under center.

In previous seasons, Rees had been somewhat inaccurate and guilty of committing boneheaded turnovers.

Considering the concerns surrounding Notre Dame’s resident fuzz beater, Rees’ performance was particularly encouraging for Irish fans.

Blessed with a standout offensive line, Kelly should continue to place Rees in the shotgun and primarily operate out of a spread formation.

Although never to be mistaken with Joe Flacco, Rees has serviceable arm strength and solid touch on the pigskin.

Provided the senior can remain precise, Rees will keep the Irish celebrating and in title contention.

In regard to the reigning AP College Football Coach of the Year, Kelly has proved he can succeed working alongside multiple signal-callers.

Accordingly, backed by an overpowering defensive front seven, expect Brian Kelly and Tommy Rees to help Notre Dame muzzle the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor next weekend.

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