SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Following an Oct. 13 concussion, Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson was cleared to return to practice on Wednesday but the redshirt freshman won't start today against Brigham Young. Instead, Tommy Rees will make his second start of the season in place of Golson, who is dressed for the game.
Rees took snaps during pre-game warmups with starting center Braxston Cave, while Golson worked with the No. 2 or No. 3 unit. Coach Brian Kelly said on Thursday he wouldn't reveal his starter until Saturday, citing health concerns for the recently-concussed Golson. Still, earlier in the week Kelly set the expectation that Golson would be ready to go against BYU -- but that apparently isn't the case.
Rees started 12 of Notre Dame's 13 games in 2011 and five games in 2010, but has only started once in 2012 -- that coming thanks to a disciplinary issue with Golson on Oct. 6. Rees played three downs before handing the reins over to Golson, who helped lead Notre Dame to a 41-3 win over Miami.
Andrew Hendrix took most of the reps with the No. 2 unit as pregame warmups went on, and would likely be the backup to Rees today. Kelly said this week that if Golson couldn't go, he'd still like to incorporate running plays from the quarterback position, which would mean Hendrix could see some snaps in relief of Rees today.
What this means for Golson's future will certainly be a question going forward. With a massive road game with major BCS implications looming at Oklahoma next week, a good game from Rees against BYU could open the door for him to start in a hostile environment in Norman. But Kelly said earlier in the week that he sees great value in playing Golson, who he said improved on a series-to-series basis against Stanford.
Stay with CSNChicago.com for an update after today's game on the Notre Dame quarterback situation.