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Notre Dame QB starter

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Tommy Rees throws a pass during the fourth quarter of a game against Michigan last season in South Bend. Coach Brian Kelly named Rees the 2013 starting quarterback during an awards dinner in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Kelly says Rees will be starting QB, with audio

Brian Kelly appears to have settled on who will be Notre Dame's starting quarterback when fall camp begins.

Kelly told the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press that Tommy Rees will be the Irish's starter, with Everett Golson out for this season because of an academic issue that led to his suspension for the fall semester.

"Everett won't be with us in the fall, I've always moved forward," Kelly told the Grand Rapids Press' Steve Kaminski when asked about the quarterback situation Wednesday at Grand Valley State's Enrichment Dinner, where the coach and his wife, Paqui, were honored with the Leadership Award.

"I don't live in the past. I don't spend too much time in the future. I live in the present, and the present is I've got Tommy Rees, who is a starter for us, established player, and he'll be our starter. And we think that Andrew Hendrix and Malik Zaire are guys who can contribute, but Tommy will be our starter."

Kaminski shared audio of Kelly's answer with The Journal Gazette.

Kelly's decision to go with Rees over Hendrix and Zaire seems to be the obvious choice going into this season.

Rees, who will be a senior, is 14-4 as a starter and has thrown for 4,413 yards, with 34 touchdowns and 24 interceptions in 34 games.

Hendrix, who will also be a senior, has played in eight games, throwing for 304 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions. Zaire will be a freshman this season, but he did make good progress during spring camp after enrolling early at Notre Dame.