Much has been made about the quarterback battle for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, which should come as no surprise given the fact that quarterback at the University of Notre Dame is one of the most widely publicized, and criticized, spots in college sports.
After being forced to turn the starting quarterback job over to Tommy Rees in Game 1 of 2011, Notre Dame’s year got off to a considerably better start against the Navy Midshipmen. Led by Everett Golson in his debut under center, the Irish pummeled Navy by a 50-10 count.
All eyes were on Everett Golson in the start, and, by all accounts, he rose to the occasion.
If you wanted one word to describe Golson’s debut for the Irish, it would probably be efficient. Golson completed 12 of his 18 attempts, for 144 yards and a touchdown pass in the second quarter to Tyler Eifert. His only mistake was an interception in the red zone, but it hardly mattered in this one.
The gameplan certainly helped Golson to ease into his new gig as starting quarterback for Notre Dame. The Irish dominated on the ground, thanks to the combination of Theo Riddick and George Atkinson III, both of which put a pair of scores up on the stat sheet. That allowed Golson to pretty much hang out in the pocket for the duration of the contest.
Unlike last year, where there was some uncertainty with the quarterback position heading into Week 2, there’s no doubt who will be the starter against the Purdue Boilermakers next week. Golson is a terrific athlete under center and I look forward to seeing him progress and play with a more open playbook as the year progresses.