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No rush to name starting QB

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly appears to have whittled down the competition for the starting quarterback job to sophomore Everett Golson and junior Andrew Hendrix.

But don't expect the third-year coach to be declaring either of them the starter over junior Tommy Rees, who is suspended for the first game because of a May 3 arrest, or freshman Gunner Kiel any time soon.

"Installation is still going in, so I've never felt that you can make a decision on a quarterback until you get your installation taken care of," Kelly said after Saturday's practice. "We are still in the minor leagues, relative to installation. It will be through next week, relative to cleaning up and finishing our installation. Then you start to look at if there is a separation.

"I think this going to require all the 29 practice opportunities that we have. I would not be holding your breathe for an announcement any time soon."

Kelly said he doesn't have a better idea of who will be the starter a week into fall camp, but he has liked what he has seen from Hendrix and Golson.

"I can tell you that Andrew and Everett have begun to display the skills necessary, not just physical skills, but the mental skills necessary to be the starter," Kelly said. "You never know that. You hope that. You never know until you go out and practice and get the chance to see them in different situations. Both of them have got the skills necessary, now it is honing those and building on what we did this past week."

Kelly has also been impressed by Kiel's progress. The freshman enrolled early to take part in spring practice, and Kelly said Kiel did well in scrimmage situations Saturday.

"He continues to do really good things, but he's got to catch up with the knowledge base of the other two kids," Kelly said. "Physically, he has all the skills.

"I think I said this to one of our coaches, 'If I did not have those other two kids, I would not be afraid to play Gunner Kiel.' He's got all the intangibles that you are looking for."