The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have named a starting quarterback. Two weeks before the season opener in Dublin, Ireland against Navy, head coach Brian Kelly named Everett Golson the team's starter.
Initially reported by NBCSports’s Keith Arnold, the sophomore (redshirted last season) beat out Andrew Hendrix for the starting job in Week 1.
Congratulations to Mr. Golson.
Now that Notre Dame has selected a signal-caller, who is Everett Golson? These are some of the biggest things you need to know about Golson.
Golson is not a big quarterback by any means. He is 6'1" and just over 180 lbs.
His size and stature compare well to Wisconsin’s quarterback from last season, Russell Wilson.
He was a 3-star recruit from Rivals.com, but got high remarks on his mobility, arm strength and a quick release.
With Kelly’s spread offense, Golson should have a chance to shine. The season opener against Navy will be a great opportunity.
Navy finished 86th in total defense last season, giving up 413.8 yards per game.
“He is every defensive coordinators greatest nightmare. In passing plays, when things break down, (Golson) has the ability to create something positive.”
Golson had quite the decorated prep career at Myrtle Beach High School, South Carolina.
- No. 79-rated prospect in 2010 recruiting class
- Selected to All-Southern First Team offense by Orlando Sentinel
- 44-5 career record as a starter
- Two-time state champion
- Threw for 11,654 yards and 151 touchdowns
- Sixth all-time in national high school history with 151 touchdowns
- Also played basketball in high school
- Was an all-state point guard and state champion
Why He’s Ready
Golson wisely redshirted last season and ran the scout team.
As scout team quarterback, Golson went against the first- and second-string defense for Notre Dame.
Instead of seeing a top defense once a week, he saw it daily. The experience gained on the scout team will be invaluable come the season opener on Sept. 1.
Golson also dominated the spring.
In the Notre Dame spring game, he threw for 120 yards and two touchdowns, and he didn’t throw a pick.
Kelly wasn’t so enthusiastic following the spring performance (via MSN.com).
''Those guys (Golson and Atkinson III) are exciting, electric players,'' Kelly said. ''But they are a heart attack for me. We have to get them (playing better overall) because we can all see that they have the skill but they are guys that are work in progress. You are seeing work in progress.''
His tone has changed a bit since then.
"It was tough. It was a tough decision," Kelly said at the announcement, "but Everett clearly won the starting job and he'll get to start against Navy."
Golson appears to be handling the announcement with humility and confidence (via ESPN.com).
"It was very difficult," Golson said. "Obviously coming in I thought I was ready to compete for the starting spot, but going through fall camp I kind of saw my reps go down a little bit. I was a little discouraged at first but it kind of humbled me. And now that I look back on it, I'm glad I went down to the scout team because it really humbled me and made me realize I have to start at ground zero and work my way back up."
That sort of a competition and bounce back will be crucial for the Irish.
The Irish didn’t do themselves any favors in their scheduling this season and Golson is bound to take a few lumps. He appears to be in the right mindset to handle those bumps that are set forth by Oklahoma, Michigan, Michigan State and Southern Cal.
If Golson can mature quickly and take ownership of the huddle, this offense could be his for years to come.
A little continuity and consistency at quarterback goes a long way. Notre Dame is hoping they found that here.