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Kelly kicks off 2012 season

Aug 3, 2012, 5:22 PM EST

Brian Kelly Purdue

He already made a few waves during his radio comments last night, but Brian Kelly addressed the assembled media at Notre Dame today to discuss the start of the 2012 season. With so much still needing to play out during camp, Kelly was understandably hesitant to give too much coach-speak, but did have a few interesting comments on starting anew.

“There’s a new dynamic on our football team,” Kelly said. “There are new players that have emerged as leaders. We are certainly, from a coaching standpoint, really excited about our players. Not only as players and winning football games, but from a leadership and getting things done on a day-to-day basis.”

Let’s run through a few quick bullets before we spend the rest of the week going through these comments with a fine toothed comb.

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Kelly mentioned that he wanted to have six scholarship cornerbacks heading into the season. On the roster he had five: Bennett Jackson, Lo Wood, Josh Atkinson, Cam McDaniel, and Jalen Brown.

Now he’s got six, with the announcement that KeiVarae Russell, recruited as a dual-threat running back, will start the season as a cornerback.

Interestingly, Kelly felt like Jackson, Wood, Atkinson, and McDaniel, another converted running back who switched to corner after Tee Shepard left Notre Dame, are out in front.

“We feel really comfortable with those four,” Kelly said. “Jalen Brown has to continue to improve and emerge for us and we’ve moved KaiVarae Russell over to the defensive side of the ball to be our sixth scholarship corner.”

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There’s plenty to get to when we discuss quarterbacks, but someone asked Kelly how much patience he’ll have for the new starter, whoever that might be. His answer wasn’t exactly surprising.

“I don’t have any patience for that. I want it done the right way,” Kelly said, after pausing to choose his words. “We have to have a quarterback we can trust that’s going to take great care of the football and get us into the right plays. As we move forward here, it’s developing that trust with our quarterbacks. Not accepting anything less than that level of trust and taking care of the football. The starting quarterback against Navy is the guy that carries those traits with them and that we can trust he’s going to make good decisions.”

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Lastly, freshman number assignments have been a great source of speculation. With the roster being under lock and key throughout the summer and veterans shifting jerseys as players depart, here are some number assignments that caught my eye:

No. 1 – Gunner Kiel, QB
No. 2 – Chris Brown, WR
No. 3 – Amir Carlisle, RB
No. 6 – KeiVarae Russell, CB
No. 10 – Davaris Daniels, WR
No. 15 – Justin Ferguson, WR
No. 16 – Chris Badger, S
No. 19 – Davonte Neal, WR
No. 22 – Elijah Shumate, S
No. 29 – Nicky Baratti, S
No. 31 – John Turner, S
No. 32 – Will Mahone, RB
No. 34 – C.J. Prosise, S
No. 45 – Romeo Okwara, LB
No. 61 – Scott Daly, LS
No. 75 – Mark Harrell, OL
No. 78 – Ronnie Stanley, OL

The long standing debate about how the Irish would have two offensive players wearing No. 3 was solved with the most logical solution. Neal wears No. 19, while Carlisle keeps No. 3.

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On the subject of Amir Carlisle, Kelly delved a little deeper into the talented USC transfer who plans on inserting himself right into a crowded race at running back.

“I think if you take what he did at USC as a true freshman, and now his summer workouts, he’s an explosive players,” Kelly said. “He’s someone that can get big chunk plays at the position. A kid that wants to be the best. He’s got a great make-up and a desire to want to be ‘the guy.’ You love that when you’ve got a number of really good players at the position and he’s not discouraged one bit that he’s going to come in and be the guy. You like that kind of confidence. He has that kind of confidence in his ability and he’s got a great burst.”

I think I’ve been pretty open about my excitement for Carlisle. Even though he missed spring practice with a broken ankle and still isn’t 100 percent, I fully expect him to be a difference maker in this offense, as evident by the No. 12 ranking I gave him individually in my Top 25.

  1. kiopta1 - Aug 3, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Man I am ready for this season. On a side note is anyone else surprised at how many schools are so far ahead on recruiting? Nearly maxed this year and many gathering next year’s recruits already.

  2. bernhtp - Aug 3, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Keith, I also see Carlisle as a wildcard with tremendous upside. Everyone seems to overlook him, but he was a top-rated recruit (Rivals #4 RB) that sadly spent a year with the dark side. But even there, he really started to show his ability as a freshman before he got injured.

    Tempering the excitement is the fact that he was injured at USC and now at Notre Dame – all within his first year in college. This obviously does not bode well. If he can avoid injuries, he might very well be the most talented back on the current squad.

    Is he expected to be 100% by Navy?

  3. cpfirish - Aug 3, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    I am excited about this season.! I know we have a tuff schedule but I think we are going to win a few games that people don’t think we will.. Go Irish!!

  4. nudeman - Aug 3, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Notable quote #1:
    “I don’t have any patience for that. I want it done the right way,” Kelly said, after pausing to choose his words. “We have to have a quarterback we can trust that’s going to take great care of the football …”

    Well, I guess this is the new Kelly. Because he had enormous patience last year with a guy who churned out 19 turnovers all on his own and never was replaced as the starter.

    Notable quote #2:
    ” … and get us into the right plays.”

    NO-O-O!!! … please don’t say THAT!!!!

    PUUUUUKE

  5. nudeman - Aug 3, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Field announcer for the Purdue game:

    “And starting at quarterback, #11, TOMMY REEEEEEEES

    • onlynd - Aug 3, 2012 at 10:14 PM

      Nude- You make me laugh….. But I do sense from Kelly’s comments he might still be apt to select one and “pull him quick…” and start off the whole season off like he did last year – which would be a mistake. For everyone’s sake, let’s hope not. He needs to pick a horse and go with him – at least longer than a half or a game for that matter….

      Go Irish!!!

  6. Jennifer - Aug 3, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    #1 Jersey goes to Gunner Kiel….Love it!

  7. cpfirish - Aug 3, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    NUDEMAN…

    EG is going to light it up vs Navy. TR is done dude.
    Go Irish.

  8. ccad05 - Aug 3, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Thinkin 2 qb system for at least the first part of the season

  9. idratherbeinsouthbend - Aug 4, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Retread from early February, but it still rings true (but for the record, I’m hoping EG EARNS the job)…

    “For all of you talking about how Tommy Rees better not start, have a little perspective. Other than the obvious intangibles, he’s got a strong FB mind, good work ethic, experience, etc….consider the history of some qb’s across college football, keeping in mind that Tommy has about 1 1/2 seasons under his belt.

    Tommy Rees’ second year 20TDs, 14 INTs, 65% Completion percentage

    Jimmy Clausen’s second year 25 TDs, 17 INTs, Comp% 60%
    Jimmy Clausen’s third year 28 TDs, 4 INTs, Comp% 68%

    Brady Quinn second year 17/10/54%
    Brady QUinn third year 32/7/65%

    Tony Pike second year 19/11/61%
    Tony Pike third year 29/6/62%

    Matt Barkley second year 28 /12/62%
    Matt Barkley third year 39/7/69%

    Andrew Luck second year 13/4/56%
    Andrew Luck third year 32/8/70%

    Brandon Weeden second year 34/13/66%
    Brandon Weeden third year 37/13/72%

    Jake Locker second year 21/11/58%
    Jake Locker third year 17/9/55%\

    Tom Brady second year 15/12/61%
    Tom Brady third year 20/6/63%

    Eli Manning second year 21/15/58%
    Eli Manning third year 29/10/62%

    I’m not saying we should hand him the job, but c’mon QB play is a natural progression unless you steal laptops and transfer to a JC in texas for a year before going to Auburn. With almost EVERY quarterback you check the stats on, the second year to the third year is a MARKED IMPROVEMENT. Trust me, i just got done looking at ALOT of QB statistics and it’s almost a guarantee. If Tommy gets the starting job, he’ll be alot better than last year.

    Let’s not throw the kid under the bus yet.”

    • shankello - Aug 4, 2012 at 12:31 AM

      Your kidding me right? I understand the stats comparison between years but lets be honest here skill set wise Tommy has absolutely no comparison to 6 first round picks, 2 super bowl champs, and atleast 3 or 4 consensus 5 star recruits. This argument is just as bad as the “well he wins games” argument.
      Would you compare zeke motta to kenny phillips, brian dawkins and ed reed? and atleast he was a highly touted recruit

      • idratherbeinsouthbend - Aug 4, 2012 at 2:05 PM

        I believe you meant…

        “You’re kidding me, right?”

        Punctuation is critical to relaying the written word.

        You’re right that Tommy isn’t a fair comparison to any of the people on the list. But you’re comparing the people on that list today to Tommy today.

        Compare the people on that list as sophomores to Tommy as a sophomore. NONE of them were first round picks or super bowl champs after their sophomore year….and the moment you throw a “5-star recruit” argument in, i just stop listening.

    • ibleedirish - Aug 4, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      Talk about a clear case of “One of these things is not like the others”, man. You are correct that there is typically improvement from year 2 to 3, but you have to look at WHY the interceptions were thrown. In the cases you’ve illustrated there was a clear lack of experience as the culprit but the rocket arm and skillset made it worth waiting. Nobody knocks Tommy’s knowledge, but his turnovers were clearly due to lack of skillset. He simply can’t make the throws needed. CAN NOT. Even when he hits a RB in the flats, the ball takes so damn long to get there that the reciever can’t do anything with it after the catch. That doesn’t work in this offense. Hell, that doesn’t work in any offense. Growing pains are going to happen with Golson. Who cares? The throws he can make and the escapability he brings vastly out weigh the downside. Quite frankly, if he matches Tommy’s 14 interceptions I’m ok with it because I guarantee the offense looks better in all other facets just by having him in there.

      • nudeman - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:58 PM

        ” Nobody knocks Tommy’s knowledge”

        I do

        Go look at this site (http://www.subwaydomer.com/2012-articles/august/tommy-rees-caught-on-tape-part-ii.html) where they have a very fair and thorough analysis of his decisions
        It’s not all bad; some good pre-snap reads
        But that good is outweighed by his bone crushing stupidity post-snap

        Of particular note is the analysis of the final INT against FSU
        Here a QB just HAS TO KNOW the game situation
        Down by 4, 2+ minutes left, 1st down at the FSU 30 or so
        Zero reason to take any chances on that snap.
        Throw it in the seats, take a sack, quick kick it, do ANYTHING but turn it over
        So he throws to a double covered Goodman for an easy red zone INT
        Game over

        Where’s the “knowledge”?

        Am I making too much of one play?
        If it was just one play, yes. But we saw that over and over and over in 2011
        He’s terrible

      • idratherbeinsouthbend - Aug 4, 2012 at 2:14 PM

        Good points Ibleedirish. I agree with them and as i stated in my original post, i hope EG gets the job too….

        BUT

        I think there is reason to have a positive outlook if BK goes with Tommy in week 2 or 3 or 4…

        Again, I want and hope that EG gets the job, but i wouldn’t trash the season if BK throws tommy in the mess.

    • nudeman - Aug 4, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      idratherbe
      We’ve been over this before and the comparison doesn’t hold water re: Rees
      Absolutely every one of the QBs on your list was a huge talent
      With Quinn & Clausen you could see monster 3rd years coming
      Rees has an entire nation calling for his head

      Bill Walsh once said about Steve DeBerg “He’s just good enough to get you beat”
      Who does that sound like?

      • prophetjcb - Aug 4, 2012 at 12:11 PM

        There’s been a Steve DeBerg sighting… and apt comparison.

      • idratherbeinsouthbend - Aug 4, 2012 at 2:17 PM

        “You could see monster 3rd years coming”

        I gotta throw the bullshit flag on this comment…not because it’s true or false…but because you have proven REPEATEDLY that you “see” what you want to “see”.

    • irish4006 - Aug 4, 2012 at 12:45 PM

      There we go again with this 2nd to 3rd year talk. 2 questions –
      1. What are you smoking?
      2. Can I have some of it?

      On what basis do you think a monster year may be coming? Did he suddenly get some arm strength to throw a ball with some zip? Did he just get some mobility bestowed upon him by the Almighty?

      This is just the same as “but, but… for god’s sake, he wins games!!!” argument. Just pointing at some meaningless stat and pretending to make a point, without really using one’s brains.

      • nudeman - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:46 PM

        Let’s put one thing to rest: He does NOT win games
        Unless you’re talking about patsies like Wake, Maryland and USAF

        Frankly he’s not very good against teams like Pitt and BC.

        And he is just awful against the big boys

      • idratherbeinsouthbend - Aug 4, 2012 at 2:29 PM

        irish4006,

        Are you my wife, secretly posting on these boards. When i tell my wife i’m going golfing and then come back 4 hours later, she asks “Where have you been?”

        When i say “MARKED IMPROVEMENT”, you interpret “monster year may be coming”

        I’m not saying the kid will be better, will be great, will be worse, will be the greatest, etc.

        I’m just saying, HAVE A FREAKIN OPEN MIND ABOUT IT!

        Judging from BK’s comments, he’s got a 25% chance of getting the job..same as the rest of them.

        So, if he gets the job, are you gonna burn all of your Irish gear and start cheering for Purdue or UM or USC? Or will you be the narrow-minded parent that sits in the stands and says “my kid is better than that kid, i don’t know why he gets to start.” Or will you shut your pie-hole and support a team that includes Tommy as QB.

        JUST SAYIN!

      • irish4006 - Aug 4, 2012 at 7:13 PM

        @idratherbe, Where do you see the latent talent that will bring about this “MARKED IMPROVEMENT”? How does TR compare with any of the names you threw up there? Does he even have the physical attributes to be a D-1 QB? Why do you keep bringing up the 2nd to 3rd year rubbish? Why doesn’t it include TR’s fumbles, sacks and negative yardage numbers?

        One last question – is your last name, by any chance, Rees?

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Aug 4, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      The most impressive part of this post is that every one of you who replied didn’t even bother to comprehend what i wrote..you simply went into your Tommy attack mode…

      I didn’t say “This kid, Tommy, is the answer to our prayers.”

      i didn’t say “He’s the next Joe Montana/Peyton Manning/John Elway”

      WHAT I DID SAY (in a round-about way) WAS…

      It is highly likely that he will improve from last year’s performance.

      With the points that each of you shared, please allow me to retort individually.

      • nudeman - Aug 4, 2012 at 3:10 PM

        idratherbe

        The 2nd to 3rd year thing is a great example of how stats lie.
        Absolutely every one of the guys you list was a known NFL quality talent
        No one is saying that about Rees.

        Here’s another one for you: Ron Powlus
        If I wanted to spend my day in front of the pc, I’d pull up his stats.
        My recollection is that he had a promising 1st year; maybe an OK 2nd year; then got a little worse each of the next 2 years
        It’s not unheard of and I’m sure I could come up with others

        Do I see what I want to see? Dunno. But here IS what I’ve SEEN so far:
        An immobile, turnover prone QB with a weak arm and a penchant for just KILLING the team with interceptions and making bad decisions; often exhibits an immature, petulant and entitled attitude when dealing with media

        Will he improve? Hardly guaranteed
        He clearly got a little worse last year with each game.
        The trajectory is bad, and his physical limitations make improvement doubtful

    • papadec - Aug 9, 2012 at 10:58 PM

      idrather – thanks for the in-depth QB analysis. You make a very good point for the second to third year progression.

  10. cpfirish - Aug 4, 2012 at 6:48 AM

    Shankello.

    You couldn’t of said it any better there bud. You can not put TR in the same boat as those QB’s. And I don’t care how many games TR has won! With TR under center ND is limited in what they can do. Besides that he is a turnover machine.. 7-8 wins with TR under center! And everyone here knows that! I am just saying.

  11. dmacirish - Aug 4, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    i’m just putting this one out there – although i would agree that tommy has had some trouble, both on the field and off now, we are so quick to say that everett golson will be the answer but have we seen him throw a pass or lead a team in a game yet? no. maybe some highlights here and there lead us to think that he will be the coming of an era, but we do need to realize that the easiest thing for an armchair quarterback (or armchair coach like nudeman) to do is to say that something that the real coach isn’t doing is actually the answer. we really don’t know that. what if golson gets the start, what if he fumbles the first play, throws an interception the next, 3 and out on the third drive, gets scared and runs out the back of the endzone on the next, and laterals the ball to the water boy to end the first quarter. what then. like was stated before – coach can’t put tommy in because they will be across the pond on a different continent, but honestly what then. will everyone yell at coach for being so dumb by letting golson play, by letting him flounder out there, by “rebuilding” when he has such a talented roster of qbs.

    i have seen many posts about tommy is not the guy, andy probably isn’t either, but golson – absolutely. fact is no one knows and instead of trusting the coach(es) to make a decision based on everything they have seen – which we have not – we begin the cockamamy debates about how horrible tommy rees is. keith did a wonderful job (again) putting together an article with only 10 lines dedicated to the quarterback position. can we limit our comments to only 10 lines about them also?

    what do you guys think of our players switching to corners? will they work? Go Irish.

    • nudeman - Aug 4, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      dmac
      Your post is all over the map and is really pointless.
      Of course none of us KNOW that EG is the answer
      We THINK he might be. We HOPE he is

      99% of us are pretty certain Tommy Rees is NOT the guy to QB a team that will play Mich, Stanf, OK, BYU, MSU and USC.

    • irish4006 - Aug 4, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      No, I don’t pretend to know that EG is the answer (although it seems that you are 100% certain as to what others do or not know, something you are accusing the most of us doing). I just hope he is, and I do KNOW that Tommy is not an answer to anything.

      To answer all your what ifs, football is a team game. If your quarterback is having a fit of stage fright, the only way to overcome this is to let him be on it a little longer. That’s when you switch to run game and let your QB calm down, so what if we go 3 and out the next few series. Unless you let someone get on that big stage, they will never know or get used to what it feels like.

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Aug 4, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      dmacirish,

      you are a breath of fresh air.

      You basically said “we don’t know what we don’t know” and then the boo-birds attacked.

      “trusting the coach(es) to make a decision based on everything they have seen – which we have not –”

      That’s the quote that just doesn’t quite sink in for the Tommyknockers.

      • nudeman - Aug 4, 2012 at 3:14 PM

        So then coaches, just because they’re coaches and see more than us always make the right decisions?
        Just because BK has fallen in love with Rees doesn’t make it the right decision

      • irish4006 - Aug 4, 2012 at 7:27 PM

        idratherbe, now you are seeing what you want to see… you are now actively looking for some Tommy love.

        Go back and read my posts. I am hardly claiming to know more than BK; but I have seen enough of TR to know where the ceiling is. If we have to start TR in one more game barring injuries to the real starter, BK is not the coach we thought he was (hardly likely. He earned his reputation through consistent performance and success over a long period of time).

        I am pretty confident that, regardless of what he is saying to the media, he knows who his QB is (someone not named Tommy) for the season and he will most certainly have that guy ready by the start of the season. Will he play lights out from game 1, we will have to wait and see…

    • obie1818 - Aug 4, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      Reese has had his chance!! If there’s anyone within 5yds of him it’s a sack. Throwing screen passes backwards!! With the schedule we have I’de rather see EG or Hendricks at least give us a chance if the play breaks down. Remember Floyd is not around to bail out TR by catching all his 50/50 passes. At this point even im so desperate for W’s i wouldn’t care if it’s Gunner. On a positive note I think we beat ourselves in almost every game last yr and things can only get better even with the schedule. Am I nuts or just loyal can we win 9 games this yr??

  12. bernhtp - Aug 4, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    No mention was made of Russell being moved to CB instead of Neal. Given earlier comments, my suspicion is that Neal was offered the opportunity to play CB, which it is less highly competitive and where he would likely be able to see the field sooner. If so, he obviously opted to compete at the RB/slot position or, maybe, even the X WR (despite his smaller size).

  13. ohioirishfan - Aug 4, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    @Bernhtp, Kelly said Russell was moved to corner in his press conference yesterday.

    • bernhtp - Aug 4, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      You missed my point. I knew Russell was moved, but there was previously a murmur that Davonte Neal was going to be the one moved. Neal had considerable HS experience at CB and he is the closest thing we have to a lock-down CB recruit, but apparently Davonte and/or the coaching staff decided his highest value would be on offense. despite the need.

  14. fnc111 - Aug 4, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    I don’t get the hype on Amir. Sounds like a great kid but is always injured.

    • nudeman - Aug 4, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      Was in the mix to play big minutes last year at USC
      That’s not too bad as a Frosh

  15. ohioirishfan - Aug 4, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    I am watching practice posts on Twitter. They started with EG running first team with AH and GK running second team. Second post said EG and AH on back to back snaps did a Tommy Rees impression with an untouched fumble. Come on Everett, no mistakes!!!

  16. ohioirishfan - Aug 4, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    OL Brad Carrico’s career is over. He was placed on a medical scholarship and no longer counts towards ND’s 85.

  17. ohioirishfan - Aug 4, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Penn State WR Will Fuller taking in ND’s practice. He has an ND offer…

  18. bearcatirishfan - Aug 4, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Maybe tommy spent the off season doing biceps curls working on the big guns. There’s your arm strength for ya.

    By the by the above analysis does not take into consideration untouched fumbles. I don’t remember clauses, Quinn, or others guys doing that.

    On an unrelated note, who was the last really good #1? Derek mays is the only one I can think of.

    • irish4006 - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      Yes, 7 fumbles, 5 lost. I also pulled the stats on negative rushing yards (Brady had 3 rushing TDs) in an earlier post; but it seems to be lost on some…. I am not going to waste my time even responding (I already did once, so that ship has sailed. But maybe not again…) to such useless “analysis”.

  19. 1historian - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Rees will be staying home for the Navy game. As of right now he is #4 QB.

    That means that right now BK is looking for a starter for that game. And BK is ALSO looking for one of the three to SEIZE the job. If none of the three does that we’re pretty much back where we started. IMO you can’t really blame Kelly. One of the prime requisites for the QB position, especially at Notre Dame, is leadership. The guy who comes on the field and his teammates perk up because they are willing to follow him.

    If that guys is

  20. 1historian - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Rees will be staying home for the Navy game. As of right now he is #4 QB.

    That means that right now BK is looking for a starter for that game.

    More important – he is looking for one of the three to SEIZE the job. If none of the three does that we’re pretty much back where we started. IMO you can’t really blame Kelly.

    One of the prime requisites for the QB position, especially at Notre Dame, is leadership. The guy who comes on the field and his teammates perk up because they are willing to follow him.

    One characteristic all the great quarterbacks share is leadership. If that guy is not among the remaining three ….

  21. smurphdoggy29 - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Tommy Rees is like a horror movie it appears. You think it is gone, think it is killed, think everything is going to be okay and then…….WHAM aaaaaiiiiggghhh there goes the horror again.

    Love the DeBerg comparison, very accurate. Comparing stats not too compelling, because what were the situations/dynamics involved ? Those other guys were probably trying to win the game in the final minutes etc etc I would like to see the positive plays made by each QB listed and compared for impact and effect. Then compare and contrast, Rees wouldn’t stand a chance.

    Amir will be dynamic and keep in mind, put something just as good in the mix and everybody gets better ! Cierre will take it to another level, the offensive line takes it up next thing you know..

    All those converted players to the secondary, funny I think I remember something similar happening in Coach Kelly’s previous stops….worked out fairly well as I remember.

    Production folks, that simple, Golson or Hendrix, whomever starts if they produce then the “Nightmare on Rockne Street” won’t reappear….fail to produce and….don’t say I told you so.

    GO Irish !

    Defeat Navy !

    See you in Dublin on 20 Bridge Street Lower, Dublin 8
    (Keith’s buying…word on the street)

  22. acieu - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    How far can he kick it? Does he consistently get into the end zone in
    Practice?

  23. nudeman - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    By now I assume many of you have listened to or read BK’s presser yesterday.
    I was SHOCKED when I read this (paraphrasing):
    “If one of the QBs plays really well against Navy, we’ll have a tough decision to make in week 2″

    WTF?

    That tells me that all this stuff about Rees starting at the bottom is BS.
    Unless Golson and/or AH (or GK?) lights it up in Dublin, the paperboy will be back on his route, throwing the papers in the bushes against Purdue.

    What other way is there to interpret that?

  24. cosmoandmelovepens - Aug 4, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    The irish suck

    • nudeman - Aug 4, 2012 at 3:17 PM

      You missed out on the “clever gene” didn’t you?

  25. fnc111 - Aug 4, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Why didn’t Amir play big minutes last year and this spring?

    injured.

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