For both Tommy Rees and Carlo Calabrese, one thing is pretty evident---the last three months have been difficult.
Rees and Calabrese were arrested back in May at a party off campus. Rees pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors while Calabrese received pre-trial diversion. Both have been suspended for the season opener and received a heavy dose of media attention.
On Saturday, Rees and Calabrese talked to the media for the first time since they were arrested. Both said they've found a lot of comfort from those around them, including their families and their football family.
"The support I've gotten from my teammates and coaches have helped smooth the process but it hasn't exactly been the easiest thing to go through," Rees explained.
"it's good that you know have your team as tight as we are," Calabrese said. "With different positions, we're all tight--that's helping me out a lot."
The one game suspension is something both Rees and Calabrese fully accept. But that doesn't make it easy either because both will miss a once in a lifetime trip to Dublin.
"it's tough--It does suck," Calabrese admits. "But I learned a lot from it. Coach Kelly made his decision and I respect that. I put myself in a bad situation."
"That kind of lack judgment is something I don't find indicative of my character," Rees said of what happened in May. "I'm just trying to move forward, which I have."
Rees also said he's figuring out ways of turning the negative into a postive.
"I went and spoke to a number of high schools and kids and tried to relay the message of making good decisions," Rees said. "That's the only thing I could do is try and make it into a positive the best I could and make it a learning experience."
Rees has become a mentor and coach so far in fall camp. Because he's not able to play in the season opener, he's tutoring Everett Golson, Andrew Hendrix and Gunner Kiel as they battle for the right to be the starter against Navy. Rees is getting limited reps and if one of the other quarterbacks succeeds, it's possible Rees never sees the field this season.