We’ve discussed the position battle at quarterback, and Irish head coach Brian Kelly has made it clear he doesn’t have a timetable for naming a starter.
LaFleur said he doesn’t think it matters at this point for the offense to have the starter determined. The Irish are still in the thick of spring ball, during which the focus has been on individual work, especially for a young and inexperienced team in a lot of ways.
“I think each guy, whether you’re an offensive lineman, receiver, running back, you’re focused on your job,” LaFleur said. “Number one, I tell the quarterbacks, do your job. You’ve gotta do your job before you can even worry about anybody else or any other situation.”
With both Golson and Zaire honing their own crafts, LaFleur said he hasn’t sat down to evaluate them side by side and gauge any separation between the two signal-callers.
“Right now it’s all big picture. I’m not keeping track. I haven’t totaled the numbers in terms of who’s doing what,” LaFleur said. “We’re just trying to get on the same page really more or less as a quarterback room.”
Both Golson and Zaire are certainly on the same page when it comes to the end game. Golson is back after directing Notre Dame to the BCS National Championship Game in 2012, and the senior has taken the majority of first-team reps we’ve seen. Zaire, who redshirted last season, has spoken confidently about angling for the starting job.
“If we don’t have a guy that wants to be the guy, then we’ve got the wrong guy,” LaFleur said of the competitiveness between Golson and Zaire. “So, they better, in my opinion, have that desire to want to be the guy. And they’re going to be competitive. I want them to be competitive because I think it brings out the best in people when there is that competitive spirit in the room.”