THE SKINNY: Notre Dame fans are not the most optimistic of fan bases. Friday's 18-14 Champs Sports Bowl loss to Florida State gave them more fuel for what promises to be a pessimistic offseason. ended the game the way he started it: throwing an interception in the Seminole end zone. Rees' numbers on the day do not inspire confidence in South Bend for his junior season in 2012: 16-of-27 for 163 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions. The two picks were very costly as they stopped drives that could have led to points for the Irish. Rees record as a starter now sits at 12-4.
GOOD TOMMY: With the Irish leading 7-0 at the half, Notre Dame took the opening kickoff and drove for a touchdown. Rees was the triggerman on the drive, capping an eight-play, 62-yard march with a five-yard touchdown pass to Michael Floyd. Rees also took the Irish to the Seminole four-yard line on their opening drive of the game. Rees finished the season with 2,871 yards passing and 20 touchdowns.
BAD TOMMY: As it has been all season, the turnovers. Rees' two picks against Florida State gave him 14 on the season. The player Rees shared time with, freshman Andrew Hendrix, also threw an interception. Compounding those mistakes are if the Irish settle for field goals on the drives, they win the game. Twitter was in a frenzy over Rees during the game Thursday night. Here's a tweet that sums up Notre Dame fan's frustration after his second interception:
@tyhildenbrandt: Tommy Rees will be going pro in something other than sports.
Ouch. Twitterland is not a happy place if you are a Notre Dame quarterback.
The Chicago Tribune's Brian Hamilton has this wrap up from Orlando and how it will be a long offseason in South Bend.
The South Bend Tribune's Al Lesar believes the Irish have more than a few problems to address, beginning with the quarterback position.
UP NEXT: Notre Dame begins its 2012 season in Dublin, Ireland against Navy.
Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Patch . We interviewed more than a dozen friends, family members, classmates and coaches of Rees for the story.