Freshman Plays Pivotal Role

As much press as the Irish Hockey team has gotten for having twelve freshman in their rotation, the Notre Dame football team is going to be similarly reliant on the class of 2014. T.J. Jones has been starting since day one and been very effective in his receivning role. However now the fate of the entire team rests on one true freshman’s shoulders. That true freshman of course is Tommy Rees.

His performance against Tulsa rewrote the Notre Dame record books, as he became the first Irish freshman quarterback to throw four touchdown passes in one game. As impressive as his performance was against Tulsa, it has to be remembered that he threw three picks (one was deflected, and one was Kelly’s fault for a poor play call). However, he looked very assured in the pocket and shows he can make the right throw. He clearly doesn’t have the arm strength to throw the ball down field, but we haven’t really done that much this season anyways.

Just make sure we don’t put too much pressure on him. He is not the savior of the Notre Dame football. People who are already saying that he should be the starter next year need to calm down. He has shown himself to be a good passer against the worst pass defense in the country. We should remember that he is in his first semester of college and just left home for the first time three months ago. Still he was impressive and means this season may not be a total loss.


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