Aug 9, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Tommy Rees (11) takes a break during practice at the LaBar Practice Complex. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

3 Reasons Why Tommy Rees Will Not Go 8-5

Since the suspension of Everett Golson, Notre Dame fans have claimed that the sky is falling because Tommy Rees will be the starting Quarterback. A writer from this website, who will remain nameless, said he would not watch Offense this season because he disliked Rees so much. Here are 3 reasons why everyone should have faith in the Senior signal caller:

1. Better Defense

In 2011, the last time Tommy Rees started, Notre Dame’s Defense allowed 20.7 points per game. This year’s Defense is expected to be more last year’s team, which allowed 12.8 points per game. If Tommy Rees were the starter last year, he may not have gone undefeated. However, he would definitely have been better than 8-5. If Notre Dame’s Defense is as good as it is expected to be, Rees will definitely be better than 8-5.

2. Improved Receiving Core

Tommy Rees had a huge target in Michael Floyd in 2011. There is no Floyd on this year’s team regardless of what Brian Kelly thinks about TJ Jones. However, the collective receiver talent of the 2013 Fighting Irish is well beyond the 2011 team. A starting unit of Daniels, Jones and Brown could be difficult for many teams to stop. Notre Dame will mix and match with Tight End Troy Niklas, Freshman Corey Robinson, Slot Receiver CJ Prosise and Running Back Amir Carlisle. Despite the lack of proven talent on this team, the unit should be excellent.

3. Sophomore to Senior Jump

The conventional theory about Tommy Rees is that he has reached his ceiling talent wise. But many Quarterbacks improve from their Sophomore to Junior to Senior years. For example, Jimmy Clausen threw 17 interceptions in his Sophomore season but only threw 4 interceptions in his Junior. To be clear, Tommy Rees is nowhere near as talented as Jimmy Clausen. But, Rees can cut down on his 14 Sophomore turnovers with the experience difference.

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