With the suspension of Everett Golson prior to the beginning of the 2013 season, anyone and everyone who thought that Notre Dame could make a return appearance to the BCS National Championship game started singing a different tune. With Golson out, all signs pointed to Senior QB Tommy Rees, and the Irish faithful could not be more upset. Tommy has always had a problem with ball security since his first game action back in 2010, Rees replaced then starter Dane Christ midway through the first quarter after Christ suffered a knee injury. Although Tommy played like a champion that day throwing for 334 yards and 4 TD's, he and the Irish fell short after Tommy threw a costly pick in the end zone trailing 27-28 with 36 seconds remaining. After that Tommy Rees started the next five games with Notre Dame winning all five, including a 33-17 Sun Bowl win over Miami.
Since his Freshmen year Tommy has been a main contributor for the Irish offense under Brian Kelly, even though he saw limited time in last years undefeated regular season. When Tommy was called upon to finish games against Purdue and Stanford, he led the team to game winning or tying drives in each and won both games he started for the injured Golson. Tommy finds a way to win, not all the time, but most of the time. The Irish have not lost a game when Rees doesn't throw a pick, and even when he does Notre Dame is still 18-6 under the direction of Tommy Rees, which is pretty good for a guy that gets boo'ed more than cheered for. This year thus far Notre Dame is 6-2, and Tommy has thrown for 20 touchdowns to only 6 interceptions, with five of the six coming in loses to Michigan and Oklahoma.
Rees has thrown a lot of untimely, costly picks in his career, nobody is saying he hasn't. But Tommy Rees is still the best thing Notre Dame has going for them right now, don't believe me just look at the USC game and how pathetic the Irish offense looked without him. Tommy Rees has thrown for 52 touchdowns in his time at ND which ranks third all-time, and will more than likely pass Jimmy Clausen who has 60 touchdowns for second on the list. Tommy has done more good than bad for Notre Dame and hopefully people will realize that sooner than later, with a manageable schedule coming up before they head to Palo Alto, California to take on the Cardinal, the Irish are going to need a confident Rees to get them past Stanford and maybe, just maybe back in a BCS Bowl game.