Coming off a season that saw him lead the Notre Dame offense to the BCS National Championship Game, Everett Golson is poised to improve his game and become a household name at quarterback for the Fighting Irish.
Some Irish fans are already calling for 5-star prospect Gunner Kiel to take the reins under center despite what Golson was able to accomplish last season.
This simply doesn't make sense.
Leading a run-heavy offense, Golson still threw for 2,400 yards and 12 touchdowns to just six interceptions.
Head coach Brian Kelly called the perfect plays suited to Golson's style, utilizing quick slants, curls and fades to help the young quarterback.
With a year of experience under his belt, Kelly can open up the playbook a little more in 2013, which should only broaden the potential for a big season for the 6'1" quarterback.
As the 2012 season progressed, you could see Golson becoming more comfortable with the offense.
Through his first six games, the youngster threw three picks, four touchdowns and only once threw for 200 yards.
The second half was a much different story for Golson.
He threw eight touchdowns to just three interceptions and surpassed the 200-yard mark in five of the last six games, highlighted by 346 yards and three touchdowns against Wake Forest.
We didn't even get into his rushing production yet.
The shifty QB added six rushing scores, including one against Alabama in the championship game.
I'm not saying that Golson is going to go out and put together a Heisman-like campaign in 2013, but you will notice a change in his game and see an improved player at the QB position.
It's very rare that we see a college quarterback regress as his collegiate career progresses, and it will be no different with Golson.
Following a solid first year, you can expect an even better season from Golson in 2013—one that brings him a step closer to becoming an elite quarterback at the college level.
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