Tommy Rees says he knows he’ll be ready for Notre Dame’s next game, mostly because he didn’t want to sit out the last one.
Rees was crushed by a USC sack with nine minutes to go in the third quarter Saturday, Oct. 19, and walked shakily to the locker room. But if it were up to him, he would have come back out in pads and not a sweatshirt.
“I was pushing to go back in,” Rees said during a media session Wednesday. “At the time it wasn’t the best decision to make. I respect what the doctors and training staff do. They’re the experts. They know what they’re doing. I’m not going to question them, but I was definitely lobbying to get myself back out there.”
After the game, head coach Brian Kelly said Rees had strained his neck and will be a day-to-day case. During his Tuesday press conference, Kelly said Rees had been cleared to practice.
So is he ready to start against Air Force on Saturday?
“Absolutely,” Rees said.
Though Kelly said Tuesday that Rees wouldn’t be “overworked” this week, Rees insists that he doesn’t feel limited at all in practice.
“Getting cleared to participate yesterday was big. It felt good out there,” he said. “I will continue to progress throughout the week. It was good to be back out there with the guys. I feel good right now, and I’m going to continue to feel better throughout the week.”