Tom Rees Named 2018 FootballScoop Quarterbacks Coach Of The Year
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Notre Dame assistant Tom Rees picked up a big honor on Friday when he was named the 2018 FootballScoop Quarterback Coach of the Year.
Notre Dame signal callers Ian Book and Brandon Wimbush combined to throw for 3,187 yards, 23 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while completing 65.7 percent of their passes during the regular season under Rees' leadership.
The award has been given out since 2008 and Rees was selected by previous winners for this year's honor.
Rees helped guide the Irish quarterbacks through the transition from Wimbush to Book after three games. Wimbush led Notre Dame to a 3-0 start, including a win over Michigan, but the offense needed a spark, which led to the switch to Book. The junior threw for over 264 yards in each of his eight starts thereafter along with four 300-yard plus performances.
Wimbush re-entered the starting lineup against Florida State with Book suffering from a rib injury helping Notre Dame defeat the Seminoles 42-13 on Senior Night.
Here were the other finalists: Tim Beck (Texas), Kendal Briles (Houston), Ryan Day (Ohio State), Dan Enos (Alabama), Brandon Streeter (Clemson). They were selected based off of nominations by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel, per FootballScoop.
Rees is in his second season at Notre Dame in his current capacity after spending a year with the then San Diego Chargers as an offensive assistant. He began his coaching career at Northwestern in 2015 as a graduate assistant.