Notre Dame kicked off its 2013 season against the Temple Owls in a rain soaked Notre Dame Stadium. Last year, the Irish kicked off their undefeated campaign with a 50-10 victory over the Navy Midshipmen in Ireland. Today’s 28-6 victory was not a resounding win. There were some positives like Tommy Rees and negatives like the Notre Dame’s special teams.
Tommy Rees, who was not expected to play this season, opened up his 2013 campaign by 16-23 for 346 yards with 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Rees played extremely efficient game. He did not demonstrate that he had changed his athletic ability. However, his arm strength looked to be decently improved. The biggest difference between the Sophomore Tommy Rees and the Senior Tommy Rees is the weapons around him.
Senior Wide Receiver T.J. Jones looks leaner, quicker and faster. His 138 yard receiving performance was the first of his Notre Dame career.
George Atkinson, one of the biggest questions marks for the season, failed to hold onto the starting spot that he held down during fall camp. Junior transfer Running Back Amir Carlisle lead the Fighting Irish on the ground with 7 carries and 68 yards.
The worst part of Notre Dame’s game was the Special Teams. Notre Dame was 0-2 on field goals.