(WSCR) – With Notre Dame’s quarterback Dayne Crist out for the season, coach Brian Kelly is turning to freshman Tommy Rees to start against Utah Saturday.


AP Sports Writer

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Tommy Rees remembers stepping onto an NFL field with his dad when he was 4 or 5 years old and knowing immediately he’d found the love of his life.

Football has always been part of who he is. His father, Bill, spent years as a scout and player personnel director in the NFL and also as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the college level.

Now Tommy Rees is stepping into a spotlight all his own. At 18, as a freshman who left high school early to enroll at Notre Dame, he’ll be the starting quarterback for the Irish when they face No. 15 Utah on Saturday.

Updated November 10, 2010

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