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Notre Dame practice

Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson runs the first-team offense through the tempo drill at the start of Wednesday''s practice. It was the first day the Irish practiced in pads. By Tony Krausz, The Journal Gazette

Practice report: Quarterbacks

Notre Dame opened its practice to the media on Wednesday, the first day that the Irish were in pads.

The first thing that jumped out at the practice was the split of quarterback reps.

Everett Golson and Andrew Hendrix took nearly every snap in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 situations with Gunner Kiel getting a small amount of time at the end of those drills to run the offense.

Tommy Rees, who is suspended for the season opener against Navy on Sept. 1 in Dublin, Ireland, didn't take any reps with the offense during the se drills nor did he throw a pass outside of individual work.

Coach Brian Kelly said the splitting the quarterback workload like this has been typical since practice started Saturday.

"They've been pretty equal, it is probably close to (a) 50/50 (split) with Everett and Andrew," Kelly said. "And a little bit less with Gunner."

Rees' limited work on the field does not mean he is not still contributing, Kelly said.

"His work has been done in the class room," Kelly said. "His work is done, really working with the quarterbacks. He's got a lot of experience, played a lot of games, so when we call a particular route, he can give insight. It has been very valuable."

By my count, Golson completed 18 of 34 passes in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11. He had two of his passes dropped, and he was intercepted in the final 11-on-11 drill by defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore.

Hendrix was 10 of 20 in the drills. He had three of his passes dropped and two throws were intercepted.

Golson looked comfortable at quarterback. He rarely ran and showed good command in the pocket.

Golson's first throw in 11-on-11 was one of the most impressive of the practice as he found Cierre Wood, who was full go at practice after sitting out the first day because of a mishap with his medical paperwork, through a group of defenders for a completion.

Kelly still hasn't ruled out using both quarterbacks in the first game of the season.

"Obviously, they both have ability to be starters," Kelly said. "I can't say I wouldn't be comfortable (using two quarterbacks). I prefer one quarterback, but at least, I've got some experience balancing two, if we would have to do that."

I will be back with more from the open practice later today.

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