Notre Dame's Brian Kelly picks Dayne Crist as starting quarterback for Fighting Irish


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.