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No. 1 QB to be named Tuesday

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Brian Kelly said he will announce the starting quarterback for the Sept. 3 season-opener against South Florida on Tuesday.

The Notre Dame coach said the competition between senior Dayne Crist and sophomore Tommy Rees remains incredibly close as both players took turns working with the first-team offense while rehearsing game situations this week. Kelly will mull the decision over the weekend before making an announcement.

Kelly said he and his staff used statistics and production charts to help determine which player should start and it only made the decision more complicated. 

"The deeper we dig into the numbers the cloudier it becomes," Kelly said. "I've been doing this a long time and sometimes you look at the numbers and they tell you who the Nos. 1 and 2 quarterbacks are. We are going to have to get into subjective things as we move forward because the numbers are so equal."

In other news, backup tight end Jake Golic broke his arm in Thursday's practice, underwent surgery on Friday and will be out for at least six weeks. Golic, who played in three games last year, is the son of former Notre Dame and NFL defensive lineman and current ESPN personality Mike Golic and the nephew of Bob and Greg, who also played at Notre Dame. His brother, Jake, is the second-string center for the Irish.

"We weren't going to say anything until we talked to his family but he Tweeted it so ... That's my life," Kelly said. "I have to read the tweets to find out what I don't know."

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