Irish coach Brian Kelly announced this week that he has decided to go with senior Dayne Crist as his starting quarterback.
Crist started nine games last year before rupturing the patellar tendon in his left knee on October 30th against Tulsa. For the season, he completed 59% of his passes for 2,033 yards, with 15 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
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On Tuesday, the coach met one-on-one with both players to tell them who had won the job.
"Obviously the guy who doesn't get the starting nod is disappointed, but I wouldn't have wanted any response other than disappointment," Kelly said. "Tommy knows what he is capable of doing."
While Crist didn't have a great spring practice, he managed to improve during summer workouts, and even more so in preseason camp.
"He is a much better football player, he is a much better quarterback. And I would say quite frankly and honestly, he's the kind of guy I want to coach," Kelly added.
Notre Dame is ranked #18 in the preseason Coaches Poll, and they open their season at home against the South Florida Bulls on September 3rd.