As Notre Dame prepares to begin spring football practice on Wednesday, Irish coach Brian Kelly knows all eyes will be focused on who will win out as the starting quarterback between Tommy Rees, Andrew Hendrix, Everett Golson and Gunner Kiel.
Kelly was reminded of the scrutiny that center the Notre Dame quarterback last week while watching a Boston-Toronto NHL game on Hockey Night in Canada.
"They talked about the Maple Leafs not making the playoffs and their goalie and how everybody in Canada is micromanaging the position, and [the announcer] mentioned it's like the quarterback position at Notre Dame. I was like, we've arrived. We're talked about in Canadian hockey terms."
"My point is everybody is going to look at it and evaluate it so we naturally will, as well, but I haven't put a timetable on [deciding a quarterback.]"
Kelly used three different quarterbacks in the 2011 in Dayne Crist, Rees and Hendrix. And towards the end of the year, shuffled back and forth between Rees and Hendrix. So, could we see multiple quarterbacks in 2012? Or will Kelly like one player to emerge.
"You know, ideally, in an ideal world, you've got one guy and he stands out front and he's the leader of your team," Kelly explains. "I've managed it, as you know, so many different ways. I'd love to have one guy and he be the guy, and when he comes off the field, I embrace him every time with a big touchdown hug."
Kelly announced that running back Amir Carlisle, who has been cleared by the NCAA to play immediately in the fall after transferring from USC, will miss all of spring practice due to a broken ankle. Carlisle should be good to go by June, Kelly said.
The Irish announced that Kapron Lewis-Moore, Braxston Cave, Jamoris Slaughter, Dan McCarthy, John Goodman and Mike Golic Jr. will all officially return for a 5th season.
Lewis-Moore is good to go for spring practice after missing the end of 2011 with injury. Cave will be limited but could play in the spring game.
Cam McDaniel moves from running back to cornerback to add depth at that posit on.