Tommy Rees (American football)

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Tommy Rees
Tommy Rees Sun Bowl.jpg
Rees playing in the 2010 Sun Bowl.
Sport(s) American football
Current position
Title Quarterbacks coach
Team Notre Dame
Biographical details
Born (1992-05-22) May 22, 1992 (age 24)
Los Angeles, California
Alma mater University of Notre Dame
Playing career
2010–2013 Notre Dame
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2015 Northwestern (GA)
2016 San Diego Chargers (OA)
2017–present Notre Dame (QB)

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 years[edit]

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 2572 yards and 23 touchdowns, including a 526 yard/6 TD performance against Bradford.[3] His brother Danny Rees played football at UCLA.[4]

College career[edit]


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 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.[5]


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.


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.[6] 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.


On June 5, 2013, it was announced Rees would start at quarterback for the 2013 season.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

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 career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, Rees was signed by the Washington Redskins on May 10, 2014.[8][9] He was released on May 17.[10][11]

Coaching career[edit]

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.[12][13]

Personal life[edit]

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]


  1. ^ California Births, 1905 – 1995. Family Tree Legends Records Collection
  2. ^ Notre Dame's Rees full of surprises. (2011-09-08). Retrieved on 2012-08-09.
  3. ^ Official Notre Dame player bio. Retrieved on 2012-08-09.
  4. ^ Player Bio: Danny Rees,, 2010
  5. ^ ESPN Tommy Rees stats. Retrieved on 2012-08-09.
  6. ^ Ten players, ten reasons: Tommy Rees
  7. ^ "Brian Kelly says Rees will start for Notre Dame in 2013". USA Today. 2013-06-06. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Undrafted free agents 2014: Washington Redskins sign Silas Redd, Tommy Rees
  9. ^ Jones, Mike (May 15, 2014). "Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees rounds out Redskins' list of undrafted rookie signings". Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  10. ^ El-Bashir, Tarik (May 17, 2014). "Redskins make moves, release S Jose Gumbs". Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  11. ^ Walker, Andrew (May 17, 2014). "Gruden: 'Hats Off' To Those At Rookie Minicamp". Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  12. ^ Hamilton, Brian (December 23, 2014). "Former ND QB Tommy Rees to join Northwestern as graduate assistant". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  13. ^ Henne, Ricky (February 9, 2016). "Chargers Finalize Coaching Staff". Retrieved June 23, 2016. 
  14. ^ Tommy Rees suspended for opener Retrieved 9/21/12.

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