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Mum on QBs

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly isn't revealing much about his team's quarterback situation.

Except for saying he doesn't have a depth chart he is ready to reveal, and he's OK with that.

"If I had Andrew Luck, I would be very happy right now," Kelly said of not having a clear No. 1 quarterback Wednesday. "I kind of deal with it, and dealing with it is we've got four guys who need a lot of work. And we need to continue to develop them."

Dayne Crist, who started nine games last season, and Tommy Rees, who started four games after Crist was injured, are competing with Andrew Hendrix and Everett Golson for the top quarterback spot.

And each one brings something different to the position.

"Dayne, when he goes in there, really knows the offense as well as anybody. He makes good decisions," Kelly said.

"Tommy is efficient. Once you start to think about him getting beat out, he has a day like (Wednesday), and says, 'Well, you know. He wins.' He's 4-0 as a starter.

"The two young guys are exciting to watch. Golson got some first-team reps and made some plays. I'm not sure he knows what he is doing all the time, but I'm not going to overcoach him either. He's got a natural gift of making plays. Hendrix continues to move forward."

All four quarterbacks have worked with the first-team offense this spring, with Golson and Hendrix getting extended time with the first team during Wednesday's two-hour practice.

And each quarterback is performing well, offensive coordinator Charley Molnar said.

"There is not a lot of separation," Molnar said. "As each day goes on, it gets a little more jammed. What we are seeing is that each guy has something unique that he brings to the offense and to the football team.

"I think the spring game will be a little bit of a separator. Hopefully, somebody will really step up their play. Especially with the young guys getting tackled and being involved in live contact.

"That may separate them. It may not. They both may step up to the occasion. I'm hoping they do."

For more on the quarterback race, see Thursday's print edition of The Journal Gazette or visit www.journalgazette.net after 3 a.m. Thursday.

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