Tommy Rees to Alabama: ESPN analyst explains what Rees will bring to the Crimson Tide
Tommy Rees’ move to Alabama could mark a major shift for the Crimson Tide on the offensive side of the ball.
Rees, 30, has spent the last 6 seasons on Notre Dame’s coaching staff, including the last 3 campaigns as offensive coordinator. He’s worked with and developed several high-profile quarterbacks with the Irish, including Ian Book, Tyler Buchner and Drew Pyne.
According to ESPN’s David M. Hale, Rees’ experience in developing quarterbacks — and being one himself — under the spotlight will be a huge asset. That’s especially true as the Crimson Tide will be transitioning to a new QB after Bryce Young’s extremely successful tenure in Tuscaloosa.
Here’s an excerpt of Hale’s analysis of what Rees is bringing to Alabama:
At Alabama, a new QB will be stepping into some very big shoes, and his performance will face the same type of scrutiny. Rees helped develop Book into a star, groomed Tyler Buchner for the starting job, then pivoted to Drew Pyne and got the most out of his far different skill set, too. His hands-on work and deep knowledge of the modern QB makes him well suited to handle what might be the Tide’s biggest challenge entering 2023.
Ty Simpson and Jalen Milroe are expected to compete for the starting job in 2023. Simpson and Rees have a history together, as he tried to recruit Simpson to Notre Dame in the class of 2022.
Alabama finished the 2022 season ranked 8th nationally in yards per play. The Crimson Tide will be hoping to take a step forward in that area as they look to get back to the College Football Playoff.