When Notre Dame took the field for the 84th Annual Blue-Gold Game, all eyes were on Everett Golson. Fans were curious to see the improvement that he had made during the spring. Now, those improvements are irrelevant.
Few eyes were on Tommy Rees during the Spring Game. People went to the concession stands, checked their phones or changed the channel (if they were watching at home). But, he is now the most important piece of the Irish offense.
There also seems to be an perception that Tommy Rees has maxed out his potential. Fans and experts believe that Sophomore Rees will be the same as Senior Rees.
How did he perform in the Blue-Gold Game? Rees only played in two series, all of which were in the first half.
Rees lead the 1st team Offense against the 1st team Defense in the 1st Quarter of the game. On this drive, he was 3-5 passing. He was fairly accurate on 4 of his 5 passes. The 5th, intended for T.J. Jones, seemed to be some type of miss communication. Rees was aided by a one handed catch by Cam McDaniel. The drive ended in a field goal attempt which was no good.
His second drive was against the 2nd team Defense. The highlight of the drive was a roll out pass to Troy Niklas. The ball was placed only where Niklas could get it. Rees also attempted to run on this drive. Obviously, he is not going to threat anyone with his feet. But, a few yards is a positive play.
For the game, Rees was 4-7 for 64 yards. He was the only Notre Dame Quarterback to not be sacked or to throw an interception. Golson has more potential. But, Rees will be steady in 2013. If the Defense plays up to potential, Notre Dame will win a lot of games.