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Everett Golson looked just fine, if not magnificent.
In his first start as a Notre Dame quarterback, Everett Golson was 12-of-18 for 144 yards with one TD and one pick.
In the words of a famous philosopher and zany film star, “Not too shabby.”
Watching the game, Golson looked poised throughout, delivered the ball on target and generally ran the offense with a fair amount of efficiency. Albeit there was a timeout here and there to confirm things with his Zen master.
He also didn’t have any inexplicable fumbles and inadvertent laterals. Although he did focus on Eifert at times, he didn’t have 333 throws to the same receiver, which was a big relief.
There were no designed runs, and with little pressure he was not forced to do much with his legs other than a postgame Irish jig or two.
While the outing can be termed a good start by any measure, there wasn’t much to judge.
Eight of his throws were flat passes and bubble screens, and the few intermediate routes he threw were generally crossing routes that he had several hours to think about.
At one point I saw him reading up on his Philosophy 101 class while in the pocket before unloading a ball into the flat.
EG had one ball downfield to the tight end for over 20 yards that was a nice throw. He didn’t press the ball downfield, even with open receivers happily waving and holding up large “Throw To Me!!!” posters during the majority of the plays.
Overall, Kelly didn’t challenge Golson to make plays, as the short passing game and Notre Dame's crushing ground attack were more than enough to move the chains without interruption.
It bears mentioning that the oft-criticized Tommy Rees that EG replaced went 19-of-25 for 237 yards with one TD and one pick against these same Middies.
So can Golson play college football? Yes, and he looked comfortable doing it.
Can he play great college football? Nobody knows yet.
His place in the Irish cosmos is yet to be determined.