Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Tommy Rees will start when the Irish take on the Air Force Falcons Saturday.
“Absolutely,” Rees said Wednesday when he was asked about starting Saturday’s game.
Rees was injured in Notre Dame’s 14-10 win over the rival Southern Cal Trojans on Saturday night. Rees left the game and was unable to return, suffering from what Irish officials called a “neck strain.”
Rees was originally listed as “day-to-day” and was cleared to practice Tuesday so it seemed like only a matter of time before Rees or Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly would announce Rees would start Saturday’s game.
Despite his plans to play, Rees still has some discomfort.
“Obviously any time you’re dealing with a neck or something like that, it can get pretty testy, on what’s going on,” Rees told Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune. “When it bends one way, it’s not the most comfortable thing. You meet with the training staff, communicate what’s going on and move forward from there.”
On the season, Rees has completed 119 of 224 passes for 1,660 yards with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions.
The Irish and Falcons will kickoff at 5:00 pm EST Saturday.