QB decision likely coming Monday

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame will likely know who its starting quarterback is Monday, head coach Brian Kelly said in a conference call today.

"We're evaluating them right now," Kelly said. "We just finished grading off film, we'll meet here at about 4 o'clock, start to discuss some things relative to personnel and then whatever decision we make, we'll talk to the quarterbacks involved and then get rolling again on Monday with the decision as to how it goes, so we're still in that process."

Sophomore Tommy Rees replaced senior starter Dayne Crist after the first half of the Fighting Irish's 23-20 loss to South Florida. Rees completed 24 of 34 passes for 296 yards to go with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Crist went 7-for-15 for 95 yards and an interception and Notre Dame entered halftime with a 16-0 deficit.

Kelly said a number of factors would go into a decision, but how the signal callers practice this week would not be one of them.

"A couple things. First, sometimes you want to evaluate, was it as bad as you thought or was it better than you thought?" Kelly said. "Because even now you get a sense and feel as the game goes, but sometimes when you go back and you take a step back and you look at film you get a better understanding of, maybe it wasn't the quarterback's fault on this play. Maybe it was some other factor. So film allows you to do that.

"So we'll do that today and then we'll find out and make a decision, here's where we want to go for the rest of the season, and that will be another critical decision. So it won't be as much what they do on the practice field, it'll be a decision based upon what we saw on film and what we think is the best quarterback right now moving forward."

Crist was named the season-opening starter for the second consecutive season on Aug. 23. He is 4-6 as a starter and has seen both his 2009 and 2010 seasons end prematurely because of serious injuries in each knee that required surgery.

Rees is 4-0 as a starter, though Notre Dame has lost the two games he has had to come in and replace Crist.

Kelly said the Irish won't try to hide who will lead the offense Saturday at Michigan Stadium, as both quarterbacks play a similar style.

"We're going to try to obviously sit down as a staff today and try to sort out what's in our best interest moving forward," Kelly said. "We've got two quarterbacks that we know are prepared to run our system, and we've got to figure out which one it's going to be.

"So we want to do it. This isn't going to be trying to gain a tactical advantage, because Dayne and Tommy run a very similar system."

Kelly's next meeting with the media is his weekly news conference at noon Tuesday.