One of the biggest games of the college football season may be decided by the arm and feet of Notre Dame red-shirt freshmen quarterback Everett Golson. After suffering a concussion in their game against Stanford, and missing the BYU game because of it, Golson has been named the starter for the monumental matchup with the Oklahoma Sooners this weekend and he deserves it.
Let me tell you why.
Notre Dame is undefeated due to the strength of their defense, which is the sixth-best unit in the country. However, against the Sooners their defense may not be enough and they will need to put up some points on offense.
That’s where Golson comes in. He adds another dimension to the Irish’s offense due to his ability to be a threat through the air and on the ground. More importantly for Notre Dame this week is the threat of Golson being able to scramble from the pocket if there are not any open receivers due to the Sooners’ ninth ranked pass defense. Golson has the ability to improvise if a play breaks down and make something happen unlike Tommy Rees who is mostly a pocket passer with limited mobility.
So far this season Golson has rushed for 81 yards and two scores and passed for 968 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions. They aren’t mind-blowing numbers but he’s been effective enough to move the Irish offense and put up points on the board. He’s still a freshmen and there’s the potential for him to make mistakes but he gives the Irish the best chance to win and that’s why head coach Brian Kelly gave him the starting nod over Rees.
The Irish will need all of the points they can get on Saturday and with Golson’s dual-threat ability he’s the best man for the job.
Now it’s just time for him to prove that.