Thomas Kevin Rees (born May 22, 1992) is an American football quarterback for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Rees was born to Bill and Susan (née Cantwell) Rees in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Lake Bluff, Illinois. His father played college football at Ohio Wesleyan and served as an assistant coach at Northwestern and UCLA. Tommy played football at Lake Forest High School where, as a senior in 2009, he completed 215 of 308 passes for 2572 yards and 23 touchdowns, including a 526 yard/6 TD performance against Bradford.
As a true freshman at Notre Dame in 2010 Rees saw limited action in games against Michigan and Navy, before being forced into action early against Tulsa when starting quarterback Dayne Crist ruptured his patellar tendon. Rees finished the game with 334 yards and four TD passes, but threw a costly interception in the waning minutes of the game which sealed the victory for the Golden Hurricane. Rees led the Irish to victories in his first four starts at quarterback, including upsets of Utah and USC, culminating in a 33–17 victory over Miami in the Sun Bowl. He finished the season with 1106 yards passing, 12 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. In 2011, Rees passed for 2,708, 19 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. Notre Dame went 8–4 in the regular season with one tie. Andrew Hendrix, Everett Golson and Gunner Kiel competed with Rees for the starting QB position in the 2012 season, which was won in spring practice. Because of Rees' one game suspension after his conviction of assaulting a police officer, Golson played the opening game against Navy in Dublin, Ireland. Golson played most of the second game of the 2012 season against Purdue, but was injured leading Rees to come in and lead the final 55 yard drive ending in a winning field goal for Notre Dame. However, after the game, Coach Kelly indicated that the team was staying with their initial starter, Golson, for the third game of the 2012 season at Michigan State.
Rees was suspended by head coach Brian Kelly for the first game of the 2012 season after Rees drunkenly attacked a police officer after a May 3 party off campus. Linebacker Carlo Calebrese was also suspended one game.
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