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Change-up: Irish going with Rees as starting QB

Keith Arnold called it.

Actually, anybody watching Notre Dame’s 23-20 loss to South Florida could have, but we like to make Keith feel good.

After relieving ineffective Irish starting quarterback Dayne Crist of his duties at halftime with Tommy Rees, coach Brian Kelly announced today that Rees would be the starter for week two’s game against Michigan.

Rees, despite throwing two interceptions against the Bulls, was able to toss for nearly 300 yards in a half and a pair of touchdowns -- and nearly mounted a game-winning comeback.

Crist, on the other hand, was a forgettable 7-of-15 with a pick in the first half.

As we had talked about relative to Dayne, we talked about production,” Kelly said in the press conference. “Tommy was very productive in the second half and he’ll get the chance to start against Michigan.”

Rees was 4-0 as a starter for the Irish last season after filling in for Crist, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in a loss to Tulsa.