Notre Dame Football: Gunner Kiel's Departure Takes Pressure off Everett Golson

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIMarch 19, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 07:  Everett Golson #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish runs with the ball against C.J. Mosley #32 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game at Sun Life Stadium on January 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Now that Gunner Kiel is officially off the Notre Dame football team, the pressure has finally been lifted from Everett Golson’s shoulders.

Upon finally landing at Notre Dame after committing and backing out of several different schools, the era of Kiel is over before it really even began. Matt Fortuna of ESPN.com reports that Kiel is no longer part of the program:

Kiel is not listed on the Fighting Irish's spring roster, and head coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday that the former four-star quarterback recruit is no longer a part of the program.

Kelly said the schools that Kiel is considering transferring to are in line with what are appropriate given Notre Dame's schedule. Kelly added that it is his understanding that Kiel is still enrolled and plans to finish the semester.

A source had told ESPN.com on March 7 that the Class of 2012 signal-caller had intended to transfer.

The transfer of Kiel will make Golson’s job a lot easier. After Kiel landed in Notre Dame, it was assumed that he would become the starting quarterback soon. This meant that Everett Golson’s starting job would likely be in jeopardy in 2013, having to battle for the spot.

Now, the Fighting Irish can commit to the redshirt sophomore from Myrtle Beach.

After Golson helped lead the Irish to the 2012-13 BCS National Championship Game, the young quarterback can now spend the rest of the offseason developing as a player and not focusing on the drama of open tryouts for the starting job.

That being said, Golson will have some things to work on in the coming months. His accuracy wasn’t where the team would like it to be, completing 58 percent of his passes. He also only had 12 touchdowns on the season along with 2,405 yards.

Golson is a very talented quarterback and an offseason free of worry will help him develop even more as a starting quarterback. Once next season begins, expect some big things from Golson and a potential trip back to the national championship for the Irish.

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