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Splitting time

Practice life for Notre Dame quarterbacks Dayne Crist and Tommy Rees didn't change drastically the day after Crist was named the starter.

They both got plenty of work in with the first- and second-team units. In fact, the work was divided a little more evenly than between most starters and backups.

"Sixty/40, Dayne and Tommy in terms of the reps," coach Brian Kelly said of dividing the practice work. "Then the young guys (Andrew Hendrix and Everett Golson) will get some team reps, but they generally won't get ones versus ones or twos versus twos. It's about a 60/40 split is generally what I stick to.

"I think it's atypical for most of the coaches that I know of and coaches that I talk to. They like to be more toward 80/20," Kelly said. "I've always been more 60/40 because I felt you can do some teaching with those repeated reps, those next four if they repeat some of those first (play). You can talk to your (starting) quarterback and say, 'Take a look at this from your perspective, that's the play you just didn't read correctly.' I've always used it more as a teaching opportunity. So maybe it's 60/40, but he's really getting the mental reps as well. That's just been my style."

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.