Notre Dame junior starting quarterback Tommy Rees and senior co-starting inside linebacker Carlo Calabrese were arrested early Thursday morning.
The 19-year-old Rees, who has started 16 games at quarterback the past two years, including the last 12 in 2011, remained in jail early this morning after being arrested around 12:30 a.m. Thursday morning at 716 North Notre Dame Avenue.
According to a local news report by ABC 57, a complaint about loud music at the residence prompted a visit by police, which led Rees to flee. Rees had to be pepper sprayed before he was taken into jail, where he will remain until formal charges are filed. He was facing charges of resisting arrest, battery to a law enforcement officer, minor consumption and public intoxication. Bond is pending, with the battery charge the most serious violation.
Rees started the final four games in 2010 as a freshman after starter Dayne Crist suffered a season-ending injury, and the Irish won all four with him at the helm. He passed for 1,106 yards and his 12 touchdown passes were a Notre Dame freshman record. He also was the first Irish freshman QB to be a winning starter in a bowl game.
He was beaten out by Crist at the start of 2011, but was inserted in the second half of the opening-game 23-20 loss to South Florida when Crist faltered. He started the remaining 12 games during the 8-5 season, passing for 2,871 yards, 20 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He also lost five fumbles.
Although Rees was the front-runner for the starting position heading into this year, he, classmate Andrew Hendrix and sophomore Everett Golson plus freshman Gunner Kiel were all vying for the No. 1 spot this spring, but a starter was not announced.
Also arrested was 21-year-old linebacker Carlo Calabrese, who was the co-starter at Will last year with classmate Dan Fox and an eight-game starter in 2010. He made 60 tackles as a sophomore and 37 last season.
Calabrese was released around 3:40 a.m. after posting a $150 bond. He is facing a misdemeanor for disorderly conduct and is scheduled for a court appearance on May 17th.
The University of Notre Dame released the following statement:
"The University is aware of this incident and is confident that it will be handled in a prompt and professional manner through the criminal justice system. Internal discipline is handled privately, in accord with our own policies and federal law."
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