Dayne Crist will be Notre Dame's starting quarterback Coach Brian Kelly has announced.

The decision comes as no surprise as Crist was the starting quarterback last year until suffering a season ending injury.

He beat out Tommy Rees who , while not as obviously talented as Rees, found a way to win several close games.

"Dayne will be the starter and I expect him to be the starter for 13 weeks," Kelly said. "We have great confidence in his ability to lead us to a championship."

Crist ruptured his patella tendon against Tulsa -- his second year to end the season injured,

Rees took over and had four straight wins.

In the end however, Crist is far mor mobile and fits much better with a Kelly type offense.

However, Rees will be an invaluable and experienced back up --far from the scared freshman who was ushered into the Michigan game last season and immediately threw an interception after Crist was injured.