If you were hoping for any sort of quarterback controversy following Saturday’s wire job against Purdue University, it’s not happening. Not yet, at least.
Brian Kelly said after Saturday’s tilt that Everett Golson would remain the starter for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, despite the fact that it was not no. 5 that led the final drive against the Boilermakers.
Tommy Rees came in to lead the final drive for the Irish, taking the offense down 55 yards to set them up for the game-winning field goal. Notre Dame took their second game of the season by a 20-17 score. Rees orchestrated the drive with tight end Tyler Eifert on the sidelines.
While it was impressive that Rees was able to lead the offense down there, this is the right decision by Kelly and co. to not only announce right away that Golson will remain the starter, but keeping him as the no. 1 quarterback overall.
Rees was just 3-of-8. He didn’t actually look very good. One of his long completions was a jump ball and another was a short pass in which the receiver did most of the work. Rees wasn’t terribly impressive and his body of work last season should pretty much keep the starting job out of his hands.
It’s not as if Golson had a bad game to spark a controversy, anyway. His final two players were a sack and a fumble, but he was very solid outside of that. He threw for nearly 300 yards and a score, with his only turnover coming on that fumble. It was a thumb injury, according to Kelly, and not the turnover that allowed Rees to come into the game.
Rees is a decent insurance policy, simply because of his knowledge of the offense, but Golson looked to be much more comfortable on Saturday as the game wore on. I look forward to seeing the type of strides he’ll make as the season goes on.