The Notre Dame Fighting Irish got the 2012 college football season off on the right foot, beating Navy 50-10 in their opener in Ireland. Notre Dame dominated the game on all fronts.
All eyes were on new starting quarterback Everett Golson, making his first career start. Irish fans are now hoping they have found their next star signal caller.
Here's why his performance shows just that.
The worst thing that could've happened to Golson would have been a couple of picks and looking overwhelmed. That didn't happen.
Golson, instead, was efficient, going 12 of 18, for 144 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He showed nice touch on a five yard touchdown pass to tight end Tyler Eifert.
It wasn't spectacular—it didn't need to be. Golson did his job and helped his team cruise to victory. He didn't look overwhelmed. While he didn't need to do too much for the Irish to win, he kept the ship sailing smoothly.
Coach Brian Kelly was pleased: [via ESPN]
"I was. He made some good decisions and moved our offense. We put 50 points on the board, so that's a pretty good start."
Golson did a good job of limiting mistakes. He only had one—an interception within the Navy five yard line.
That wasn't good. He'll need to be more careful against top defenses. Still, it was his first start, and he wasn't going to be perfect. He managed the game. He did what he needed to do to help the Irish win. Can't ask for more than that.
Golson showed poise beyond his years. Despite being a speedy dual-threat QB, Golson didn't look to run at every opportunity. Instead, he stood tall in the pocket and made smart throws.
Golson will be—and should be—encouraged to run. His speed could break games open. Still, in order to be a well-rounded quarterback, he has to show the same patience he showed today against Navy.
Navy isn't the best of football teams, so it was a nice game to ease Golson in. In Week 3, Notre Dame will take on Michigan State, which will be the first real test for young Golson.
Still, it's a great start, and he showed the tools that made him a top recruit. He looked like a future star.
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