For the first time, Golson used his legs to complement an arm that didn't betray him in a big moment. "I thought Everett grew up today,'' coach Brian Kelly said. He was due for a growth spurt. Before Notre Dame's 41-3 mauling of Miami, Golson had inspired such little confidence in everybody but Kelly that many considered it encouraging to learn that he wouldn't start after violating a team rule — he was late for a meeting. When Golson replaced Tommy Rees on the fourth offensive snap, it quickly became clear that this was the night he had arrived. "It was important for me after disciplining him to let him know I believed in him,'' Kelly said. "He relaxed and thought, 'I have the head coach's support.' It helped his confidence and he backed it up with his play.''
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