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If there is a position lacking stability, it's probably quarterback.
Everett Golson was named the starter shortly before the opener, and technically, he still holds that spot. Backup Tommy Rees, last year's starter, has come in to "close" three games now, and you get the sense that if the Irish ever find themselves in a late-game, must score situation, Brian Kelly will turn to Rees.
As far as how Golson has performed, he has shown flashes of brilliance, but to be honest, he has left me wanting to pull out my hair more often
The biggest problem I'm seeing is that his pocket awareness is awful. Golson can have a near perfect pocket and he will still be quick to escape to the edge and actually run into pressure. When he has time to set, load, and launch, there are few quarterbacks in the country that can match his arm. The problem with Golson is that he's so often on the move, usually for no reason at all. As a general rule, when your quarterback is moving, the odds of a turnover spike.
Luckily for Golson, he's kept the turnovers somewhat in check thus far. Yes, he has had some fumbling problems, especially lately, but Notre Dame is winning the turnover battle halfway through the season.
Moving forward, Golson needs to be more confident in the pocket, stepping up and hitting his receivers over the middle of the field, and he needs to keep working on his ball security, especially when he's on the move.
Lastly, Golson really needs to trust his reads. Watching tape, the first and second options usually have windows, but Golson almost always holds the ball too long, not trusting either his own arm or mind. Getting the ball to Tyler Eifert more often, even when double-teamed, can only help Golson down the stretch as well.