Golson earns another start; Rees, Hendrix to battle for backup spot

Everett Golson has earned another start for the Irish football team.

Kelly said Sunday that Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix will compete for the backup job this week heading into the Purdue game. Rees, the starter to close each of the last two seasons, was suspended for Notre Dame's season opening 50-10 win over Navy in Dublin after a May arrest.

"Tommy will now get a chance to take some reps and get some work," Kelly said in his day after the game conference call. "That's going to be a process. You don't just jump in there where you left off. He has a lot of work to do and it will be nice to have back in practice and get him back in there to get meaningful reps."

Rees was allowed to practice during fall camp but did not get many reps at all as the Irish worked towards the opener and were auditioning Golson, Hendrix and Gunner Kiel for the starting gig against Navy.

Golson earns a 2nd start not by any proclamation from Kelly. Golson's play Saturday against the Midshipmen spoke for itself. It was implied he was the starter moving forward once Kelly said Rees and Hendrix will compete for the backup job.

Golson made his college debut in Saturday's win over Navy, completing 12-of-18 passes for 144 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

"Mechanically there were a lot of things he can get better at and certainly decision making, you don't ever want to turn the football over in a short field like we did," Kelly explained. "But as a first time starter, I thought he showed poised. The leadership skills on the sideline--he came over--easy to communicate. All part of the process. This is all going to take some time but again I think there's a lot to build on after this weekend."

With the Irish firmly ahead in the game, Hendrix saw action in the 2nd half, complete 4-of-5 passes for 53 yards.

Notre Dame will face Purdue in the home opener Saturday at 3:30 at Notre Dame Stadium. Countdown to Kickoff gets you started at 2:30 here on Channel 16.

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