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Irish Insights


No starting QB, yet

Notre Dame's media day did little to shed light on who will start at quarterback for the Irish when they kick off the season against Navy on Sept. 1 in Dublin, Ireland.

But the next two weeks will do plenty to let the team know whether Everett Golson or Andrew Hendrix will be behind center for the first snap of the season.

Coach Brian Kelly said on Thursday that the next two weeks of practice will be spent preparing for Navy, and that means the 50-50 split of practice reps will turn into either Golson and Hendrix taking more snaps at practice.

"I think we're getting closer to that," Kelly said of declaring a starter. "Certainly as we start to prepare, it's not going to be a 50-50 proposition. We're moving closer towards that as we move into actually working against Navy."

Even though Kelly said he is moving closer to deciding on a quarterback, he may not make a grand announcement before the season starts.

"I have not thought about it in those terms, in terms of making a public announcement about the quarterback position because I've never had it in my mind that we were going to get there at a certain time," Kelly said. "If it's clear to me that we've got a No. 1 and there's a great separation there, then there's a possibility I could announce it. But I have not thought about it in those terms."

Kelly said one of the hardest parts about being able to declare a starter is the lack of information about in-game production he has on the two quarterbacks he is choosing between.

Hendrix has played in only five games, and Golson didn't play last season. Kelly eliminated Tommy Rees, last year's starter, by suspension, and freshman Gunner Kiel has no college track record.

Kelly did note that Golson has thrown only one interception in 126 passing attempts in camp, though.

"I guess the point I'm making is when you don't have somebody leading into the season that has that production, then you have to be able to use all those columns (to judge a quarterback) because you're making the educated guess as to who that next player is and who that starter is going to be," Kelly said.

Kelly did more definitively say he wanted to use only one quarterback this year, saying he has only used two in the past because he had to.

"I'd rather have one guy make himself known to everybody that he's the starter," Kelly said. "Always love to have a No. 2 that can go and win for you. I wouldn't subscribe to the fact that two is really where I want to be. We still want to be with a singular quarterback."