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Notre Dame vs. BYU: Could QB Andrew Hendrix see action for Irish?

Andrew Hendrix could see more playing time for the Fighting Irish this weekend against BYU if Everett Golson can't play.

Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Andrew Hendrix was listed as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish's second-string quarterback on the official depth chart ahead of the Irish's matchup with BYU on Saturday, increasing speculation that he could see significant action for the first time this season. Tommy Rees and Hendrix were both listed as the second-string quarterback, behind Everett Golson. Golson missed practice on Tuesday, but may still be able to play on Saturday.

If the injured Golson can't play on Saturday, Rees will likely get the start. However, Hendrix may see some action and take the place of Golson on zone read and quarterback run plays. Head coach Brian Kelly was adamant that keeping the running quarterback as an aspect of the offense is essential:

". . . [W]e have to make sure that you have to defend a running quarterback that can run, that's going to be part of the game plan."

Hendrix appeared in five games for Notre Dame last year, going 18-37 for 249 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. He also rushed for 162 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.