One of the most iconic football programs in the country has officially tabbed their starting quarterback for their 2012 season opener.
Redshirt freshmen Everett Golson will be announced as Notre Dame’s starting QB for their season opener against Navy in Dublin, Ireland on Thursday after practice. This should not come as a surprise based on Golson’s performance in the Irish’s spring game and the reports around the young quarterback during preseason camp. Golson had an impressive spring game in which he went 11-15 for 120 yards and 2 touchdowns. After that performance, Irish fans clamored for him to win the starting job and now they are getting their wish.
Golson is not a prototypical college quarterback, standing at 6-feet and 185 pounds according to the school’s roster. However, he has a good arm and his ability to also be a running threat adds another dimension to coach Brian Kelly‘s offense. The Notre Dame head coach will be expecting Golson to complete the majority of his passes from the pocket, which may pose as a challenge due to his lack of height to see over the defensive line.
That will be the main question about Golson’s ability to lead the Irish this season: his size. Will he be able to withstand the onslaught of an entire season? While he’s in the pocket, will he be able to efficiently find open receivers over the front line? His running ability will allow him to get outside the pocket from time to time, but he can’t rely on that every play. That said, Golson played well in the spring game and deserves a chance to prove it in the team’s opener next weekend.
Golson will supersede last year’s starter Tommy Rees after a poor final three games to finish the season and an uninspiring performance in the spring game. Although Rees is 12-4 as a starter, he has become turnover prone and a problem off the field after getting arrested in May for fleeing from a party and running from police while intoxicated. That incident led to a one-game suspension and prompted even more fans to call for Golson to replace him. Rees has been far too inconsistent and subsequently divided the fans into anti- and pro-Rees groups.
Even though Kelly has a quick hook, like we saw last year with Dayne Crist being yanked after two quarters, I think that he will let Golson work through any problems he runs into.
It’s cool to see one of my former high school rivals from Myrtle Beach lead such a high profile program. Even though he was a rival back in the day, I wish him the best this upcoming season and hope that he can start the revival of such a storied program.