With the reported departure of Everett Golson, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish must give Andrew Hendrix an opportunity to compete for the starting job at quarterback.
The big news came from Angelo Di Carlo, a writer for WNDU in South Bend.
The potential loss of Golson is huge, so now the Fighting Irish must act. They have two potential starting quarterbacks on their roster with Tommy Rees and Hendrix.
Hendrix is coming into the season as a senior, after being recruited out of Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. The scouting report by Scout.com had this to say about the QB coming out of high school:
Big, well built kid with good size for the position. Has a good arm and passes come out of his hand with good velocity. He also can get the ball downfield and make throws on the run. However, he needs to be more consistent with his accuracy. Working with his mechanics at the next level will help that. He also will need to limit turnovers.
At 6’3’’ and 220 pounds, Hendrix has a much more desirable frame for a quarterback than Golson, and a slightly better frame than Rees.
Arm strength is something that Rees has struggled with since high school. He worked in a spread offense in high school, and didn’t consistently make deep throws.
Meanwhile, one of the big strengths for Hendrix is his arm. Not only that, he can make solid throws while on the run. Golson was able to make solid throws out of the pocket, and made some big throws, including this one against Oklahoma.
While Rees has the opportunity to be the starter, the offense was preparing for Golson to play under center. With Rees going in, the offense would likely have to adjust to his strengths in order to succeed.
On the other hand, bringing in Hendrix as the starter would require fewer changes on the offense. While Hendirx has a much bigger frame, both players have solid arm strength and can be threats on the ground and outside of the pocket.
By no means should Hendrix be given the starting job, but Brian Kelly and the rest of the Notre Dame coaching staff absolutely must give Hendrix a shot. If he can prove he deserves the starting job, the team wouldn’t have to adjust as much due to his similar strengths compared to Golson.