Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson suffered a concussion in the Fighting Irish’s 20-13 overtime victory on Saturday.
ESPN’s Matt Fortuna reported the nature of the injury and noted that it is unlikely to keep Golson off the field for very long:
#NotreDame HC Brian Kelly: Everett Golson suffered a concussion Saturday. Will go through more testing Monday and should be cleared Tuesday.— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) October 14, 2012
The sophomore was knocked out of the game after taking a blow to the head on the team’s final drive. Backup Tommy Rees took over and was able to get the team far enough down the field to kick a game-tying field goal.
Golson was pulled from the team’s game against Purdue earlier this season after being unable to run the offense effectively. But against Stanford, Rees was put into the game only because Golson was not cleared to return by the team’s medical staff, as noted by Dan Wolken of USA Today.
Golson has earned the trust of head coach Brian Kelly this season, even though his statistics have not been overly impressive.
He's completed 58.5 percent of his passes for 968 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. He has also scored twice on the ground, but is averaging only 1.9 yards on his 42 attempts.
After Saturday’s impressive victory, Kelly continued to heap praise on his young signal-caller, saying the following, via Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune:
I know it wasn't as clean and the numbers, you can analyze them and say, well, he didn't play well. All I can tell you is that in his growth, he did some things for me, as the head coach, that allow us to keep progressing with Everett.
Golson will still be the starter once he is allowed to return to the field. Check back here for updates on his condition going forward.