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Hendrix is still in the QB mix

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said not to read too much into sophomore quarterback Andrew Hendrix not playing in Saturday's 56-14 blowout of Navy.

Hendrix made his debut as the Irish's change-of-pace quarterback in a 59-33 win over Air Force on Oct. 8. He ran for 111 yards and completed all four of his passes for 33 yards in that game.

Hendrix made a brief appearance in a 31-17 loss to USC, running for four yards and missing only his only pass.

"I think each game is a different game," Kelly said of how Notre Dame wants to utilize Hendrix behind starter Tommy Rees. "We continue to rep him. We continue to put a package in there. You know, we like where he's going, we like his development, but, you know, again, we're still looking for the right opportunities to get him in."

Notre Dame's ability to dominate Navy with its running game, 182 yards, and passing game, 260 yards, didn't call for a need to change up quarterbacks.

Kelly also warned everyone not to think of Hendrix as just a running quarterback who will come in to give the Irish's option offense another rushing threat.

"I want to be careful not to pigeonhole Andrew Hendrix into an option quarterback. That's not what he is," Kelly said. "He adds a little dimension to that position with his ability to run. Quite frankly, we didn't need another dimension to the game (against Navy). I thought we were just fine."

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.