"Kelly has said sophomore Tommy Rees will start at quarterback, so there is no wondering there. But what percentage of the snaps will he get? Obviously, that depends on what success he has. So then the questions are: what are Kelly’s initial plans and what will it take for him to abandon those?
I would expect his initial plans to be as they were for most of the season. While Andrew Hendrix did have some success against Stanford, Kelly is very invested in Rees, and thus won’t change his season-long plan after one half of football. Oh, wait, he did that in the season-opener!!
But really, I expect Rees to take the majority of the snaps with Hendrix popping in for 2-4 plays at a time, perhaps every other drive, maybe as often as every drive. Hendrix serves as a change-of-pace to keep the opponent honest. Could he be more? Yes, but I doubt Kelly plans on revealing that against the Seminoles.
What will it take for Kelly to flip Hendrix’s and Rees’s roles? Ironically, a lot of that will depend on the Notre Dame defense. If the game goes into halftime 0-0, with Rees 3-for-12 for 48 yards and one interception, there won’t be a change. If the game goes into halftime 14-0 Florida State, with Rees 3-for-12 for 48 yards and one interception, Hendrix will take over.
It’s all about the win with Kelly. He won’t cave to public pressure to showcase Hendrix. He won’t cave to an ugly game from Rees. He’ll only cave to what gives him the best chance to win."