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Rees will still get plenty of work in practice

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Tommy Rees may have been relegated to the No. 2 quarterback but he's still getting more snaps in practice than most backups.

While most coaches give their starting quarterback 80 percent of the snaps, Kelly believes in a 60-40 split, which allows him to talk to his starter while the backup is running the same play.

"Most coaches I talk to prefer 80-20 but I like 60-40 because you can do some teaching," Kelly said.

That plan can change if the starter isn't performing satisfactorily as game day approaches.

"Say we get to Thursday," Kelly said. "If I feel you're not executing some things in the game plan I'll increase your reps to make sure you have those things down."

It's a different story for sophomore Andrew Hendrix and freshman Everett Golson.

"The young guys will get some team reps but generally not one versus one reps or two versus two," Kelly said.

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