Kelly made the assertion during an event in Grand Rapids, Mich., Wednesday according to the Grand Rapids Press, which first reported the news and was later confirmed by the Chicago Tribune.
"Everett won't be with us in the fall, so I've always moved forward," Kelly said. "I don't live in the past, I don’t spent too much time in the future, I live in the present. And the present is, I've got Tommy Rees, who was a starter for us, established player, and he’ll be our starter. And we think that Andrew Hendrix and Malik Zaire are guys that can contribute. But Tommy will be our starter."
Golson helped lead the Fighting Irish to a 12-0 mark and an appearance in the 2012 BCS National Championship. He was expected to be the starter heading into 2013, but was forced to leave the school for academic reasons. Golson has previously stated his intention to return to the school and the football team in 2014.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Kelly would name Rees the starter. The senior has the most experience of all the quarterbacks on the depth chart. He’s started 18 games during this career and passed for 4,413 yards and 34 touchdowns. Hendrix has appeared in eight games for the Fighting Irish while Zaire is a freshman.
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