SOUTH BEND, Ind. Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees is excited about opening practice Monday knowing he will be the starter for the opening game against Temple.
Although Rees has started 18 games for the Fighting Irish over the past three seasons, the senior has never started the season opener. Rees says he's excited about getting a second chance to be the team's starter.
"It's my first camp going in knowing I am the starter," Rees said Sunday. "It's a little different knowing. To be quite honest its a good feeling. You can do exactly what you want to. You don't have to worry about competition. I am just excited to go out there compete and get better. Work with the guys, lead them and have a really good camp."
But Rees doesn't like how he got the job. Coach Brian Kelly named Rees the starter after Everett Golson was suspended for the fall semester from school for what Golson termed poor academic judgment.
"You never want something like that to happen to a kid," Rees said of Golson. "He is doing well. I have talked to him a couple times since everything happened. He seems to have a positive attitude. Trying to turn this into a positive and I think he will be just fine."
Kelly says naming Rees the starter was an easy decision because he's a senior, has the most experience and he's popular among his teammates.
The Irish will hold their first four days of practice in Marion, a central Indiana city about 100 miles southeast of the Notre Dame campus, starting Monday.