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■ Politicians running for election will tell you they believe in polls 100 percent of the time when the polls have that politician ahead.
But show him/her a poll that has someone else ahead, and the poll is considered to be less valid than one that has the Cubs favored to win the 2012 World Series.
Which leads us to a poll currently active on a Notre Dame football-fan Web site, in which visitors are asked to vote for whom then think the starting quarterback for the Fighting Irish will be when they open the 2012 season in England against Navy.
Right now, redshirt freshman Everett Golson has 55 percent of the vote, followed by true freshman Gunner Kiel with 20 percent, redshirt sophomore Andrew Hendrix with 16 percent and our very own Tommy Rees — the pride of Lake Forest High School — bringing up the rear with just nine percent of the vote.
Currently, Notre Dame is involved in spring practice — the Blue/Gold intrasquad game is April 21 — and third-year coach Brian Kelly has vowed that there will be an open and equal competition for the starting QB job this spring.
Considering that Rees has started more than a dozen games, Hendrix has gotten a shot in three contests, and Golson and Kiel have never been on the field for even a single play, that vow is impossible to keep.
Although, in fairness to the beleaguered Kelly, who has completely botched the Irish QB situation in each of his first two seasons at the helm — both years ended with a mediocre 8-5 record and a low-tier bowl appearance — it’s hard to figure out what else he say.
The reality is this: If he plans on starting the QB against Navy on opening day that gives him the best chance to be Navy, then he has to go with Rees.
The game experience and knowledge of the offense gives Rees an advantage no other candidate can overcome.
That said, Kelly isn’t going to start the QB that gives him the best chance to win against Navy.
He’ll go with the QB that gives him the best chance to be playing for a national championship in two years.
And that’s not Rees — a serviceable backup whose mistake-prone and has demonstrated in two years worth of chances that he can’t win the “losable” games.
Ditto for Hendrix, who would be the starter right now if he’d delivered in his auditions last year as Rees’ backup in games against Southern California, Stanford, and Florida State.
Instead, Hendrix flunked his exams, Notre Dame lost all three of those games, and he ought to be looking for a place to transfer.
That leaves Golson and Kiel — two unknown quantities who’ve never taken a snap in a real game.
The guess here is that Golson will start because of his ability to run and pass, Kiel will be groomed as Golson’s eventual replacement, Rees will be the “backup” if the starter gets hurt, and Hendrix will either become a wide receiver or transfer.
As for the other high-profile local grad on the Notre Dame team ...
Last year, Notre Dame had one of the worst punt-return teams and kickoff-return teams in the nation.
Yet, Vernon Hills High School grad DaVaris Daniels couldn’t get on the field for even one punt or kickoff.
If you remember back to last summer, the Irish coaches clearly lost confidence in DaVaris after he made physical and mental mistakes as a punt/kick returner during practice.
Obviously, the coaches didn’t trust him enough to play him then.
Hopefully, he’s gained their confidence and can log reps in games at return and also as a wideout.
This post was edited by EGND on 4/9/2012 at 6:24 PM
EXTRA POINT: Politicians running for election will tell you they believe in polls 100 percent of the time when the polls have that politician ahead.
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