Tommy Rees
File:Tommy Rees Sun Bowl.jpg
Rees playing in the 2010 Sun Bowl.
Sport(s)American football
Current position
TitleQuarterbacks coach
TeamNotre Dame
Biographical details
Born (1992-05-22) May 22, 1992 (age 27)
Los Angeles, California
Alma materUniversity of Notre Dame
Playing career

Thomas Kevin Rees (born May 22, 1992) is an American football coach and former player. He played college football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Rees holds the career record for passing completion percentage among Notre Dame quarterbacks. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Washington Redskins in 2014. He is currently the quarterbacks coach for the University of Notre Dame.

Early yearsEdit

Rees was born to Bill and Susan (née Cantwell) Rees in Los Angeles, California[1] and grew up in Lake Bluff, Illinois.[2] 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 2,572 yards and 23 touchdowns, including a 526 yard/6 TD performance against Bradford.[3] His brother Danny Rees played football at UCLA.[4]

Rees was rated a three-star recruit by ESPN[5] and,[6] and signed with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in July 2009.[5][6]

College careerEdit

2010 seasonEdit

As a freshman at Notre Dame, 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 touchdown 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.[7]

2011 seasonEdit

In the 2011 season, Rees passed for 2,869 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. Notre Dame went 8–4 in the regular season with a bowl loss. Andrew Hendrix and Everett Golson competed with Rees for the starting QB position in the 2012 season.[citation needed]

After Michigan's comeback in the September 10 rivalry game, the derisive nickname "Turnover Tommy" began to circulate,[8] which stuck with Rees following his performance in 2011,[9] and through his college career.[10][11] Despite this reputation, Rees would finish the season with a completion percentage of 65.5%, a second to the Irish record of 68%, held by Jimmy Clausen.[12] Rees' 14 interceptions this season was a tie for 11th in the FBS.[13]

2012 seasonEdit

Rees was suspended by head coach Brian Kelly for the first game of the 2012 season after the junior quarterback was arrested and charged with resisting law enforcement and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor after fleeing from an off-campus party.[14] Everett Golson was named the starter for 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. Rees entered the game to a cascade of boos yet exited after piloting the game-winning drive, which ended in a winning field goal for Notre Dame.[15] However, after the game, Coach Brian Kelly indicated that the team was staying with their initial starter, Golson, for the third game of the 2012 season at Michigan State. Rees would go on to start two games that year as Notre Dame made the BCS title game.

2013 seasonEdit

On June 5, 2013, it was announced Rees would start at quarterback for the 2013 season.[16]

Career statisticsEdit

College football statistics
  Passing Rushing
Season Team GP GS Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TDs Int YPA Att Yds TDs Avg
2010 Notre Dame 9 4 100 164 61.0 1,106 12 8 6.7 12 −2 0 −0.2
2011 Notre Dame 13 12 269 411 65.5 2,871 20 14 7.0 31 −56 0 −1.8
2012 Notre Dame 11 2 34 59 57.6 436 2 2 7.4 4 −13 1 −3.3
2013 Notre Dame 12 12 197 367 53.7 2,938 27 13 8.0 9 −62 0 −6.9
Career 45 30 600 1001 59.9 7,351 61 37 7.3 56 −133 1 -2.4

Professional careerEdit

After going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, Rees was signed by the Washington Redskins on May 10, 2014.[17][18] He was released by the team on May 17.[19][20]

Coaching careerEdit

Rees began his coaching career at Northwestern, where he spent one season as an offensive graduate assistant for the 2015 team. On February 9, 2016, Rees joined the San Diego Chargers coaching staff as an offensive assistant.[21][22] In January 2017, Rees returned to Notre Dame to be the quarterbacks coach.


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  2. Notre Dame's Rees full of surprises. (September 8, 2011). Retrieved on 2012-08-09.
  3. Official Notre Dame player bio. Retrieved on August 9, 2012.
  4. Player Bio: Danny Rees Script error,, 2010
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Tommy Rees - Football Recruiting - Player Profiles - ESPN". ESPN. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Tommy Rees". Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  7. ESPN Tommy Rees stats. Retrieved on August 9, 2012.
  8. "A Rough Path: The Tale of Tommy Rees". November 18, 2013.
  9. Watson, Graham (September 30, 2013). "Fans Petition the President of the United States to Bench Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees".
  10. Killoren, Connor (December 22, 2013). "Notre Dame Football: Brian Kelly's Holiday Wish List".
  11. Dodd, Dennis (August 23, 2013). "Notre Dame's Fallen QB Tommy Rees has Something to Prove".
  12. McBride, Oscar (July 11, 2013). "Tommy Rees: Turnover Tommy or Triumphant Tommy? - Her Loyal Sons".
  13. Daughters, Amy (September 3, 2013). "Is Tommy Rees Finally Ready to Take the Next Step as Notre Dame Quarterback?".
  14. Tommy Rees suspended for opener Retrieved 9/21/12.
  15. Ten players, ten reasons: Tommy Rees
  16. "Brian Kelly says Rees will start for Notre Dame in 2013". USA Today. June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  17. Undrafted free agents 2014: Washington Redskins sign Silas Redd, Tommy Rees
  18. Jones, Mike (May 15, 2014). "Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees rounds out Redskins’ list of undrafted rookie signings". Retrieved May 17, 2014.
  19. El-Bashir, Tarik (May 17, 2014). "Redskins make moves, release S Jose Gumbs". Archived from the original on May 20, 2014. Retrieved May 17, 2014.
  20. Walker, Andrew (May 17, 2014). "Gruden: ‘Hats Off’ To Those At Rookie Minicamp". Retrieved May 17, 2014.
  21. Hamilton, Brian (December 23, 2014). "Former ND QB Tommy Rees to join Northwestern as graduate assistant". Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  22. Henne, Ricky (February 9, 2016). "Chargers Finalize Coaching Staff". Retrieved June 23, 2016.

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