When its all said and done, the quarterback who gives Notre Dame the most consistent play and the best chance to not turn the ball over will be the Irish starting quarterback, Brian Kelly said Friday.
Who that will be and when they will figure that all out will be a long ways away from being determined. This battle will extend well beyond spring practice which reaches the midway point on Saturday.
Kelly has scaled back the system to give everyone and equal chance to figure things out. That's delaying the process as well.
"Each day we are staging different things for the quarterbacks and that's why this is going to be a long process," Kelly explained. "We're not going to have things accomplished because we have not even got to the checks in our offense yet. There are no checks yet. It's just call it and play. As you know last year, we ran so many checks, we checked ourselves out of plays. Just to give you a perspective to how far we are to even being able to say the quarterback is ready. We're not even there in terms of our system."
Juniors Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix, Sophomore Everett Golson and freshman Gunner Kiel are battling for the job.
Spring practice wraps up with the Blue-Gold Game on April 21st.