In the very intense quarterback situation in South Bend, there seems to be a front runner. As expected, Dayne Crist is getting most of the 1st team reps, with Tommy Rees getting some in as well. So, what does this mean?
Basically, Dayne is heading toward the starting role. I’m not saying it can’t change, but that looks like where it is headed. As for the incoming freshmen QBs (Andrew Hendrix and Everett Golson), they are going to get their chance, according to Brian Kelly. They probably won’t get first or second on the depth chart, but at least they are going to get the chance. This will be great experience for them down the road.
Dayne has the experience over Tommy, as well as the athleticism. However, he needs to prove to Brian Kelly that he still has the mobility and the ability to escape pressure. Not necessarily to be a running quarterback, but to have the ability to extend the play. If he can prove this and remain healthy, Dayne should be the starter and remain the starter.
No one likes being the back up, but Tommy should be ready go in at anytime because I believe if Dayne isn’t performing up to the standards Coach Kelly expects, then he should not hesitate to put in Tommy. He proved himself worthy last year so I wouldn’t be upset to see the him in.
Both are strong contenders for the starting quarterback job, however, with Dayne Crist, we have a terrific shot at a BCS berth.