Notre Dame is in the Discover BCS National Championship Game vs. Alabama in large part because of a suffocating defense that allowed the fewest points all season, but the maturation of quarterback Everett Golson cannot be understated.
Golson was named the starting quarterback prior to the season opener after Tommy Rees was suspended for an off-season arrest and while he experienced some growing pains that saw Rees come in for Golson in four different games, the continued development of Golson is the x-factor to the Fighting Irish’s chances of winning on Monday night.
The redshirt freshman from Myrtle Beach, Sc threw for 2135 yards on 58.9% passing and only 11 touchdowns, but ran for 305 yards and five more scores to add a dual-threat element behind center that posed problems for opposing defenses throughout the season.
And now it appears that Golson wants to use his dual-threat ability on the gridiron and become a two-sport star for Notre Dame and suit up for the Fighting Irish basketball team.
Golson told Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times that, “Basketball is my love. That’s what I love. But my primary right now is football.”
As if starting at quarterback for Notre Dame wasn’t difficult enough on its own, now the kid wants to double up and play the point for the Irish hoops team. I love the enthusiasm, but I doubt his ability to play basketball without severely sacrificing his skills on the football field. “Golson said he has talked with coach Mike Brey about playing basketball for the Irish,” Lazerus writes, “but nothing really came out of it.”
He was an All-State selection as a freshman in high school, but that was long ago and thankfully for Notre Dame fans Golson is focused on Monday night’s game–the biggest game in the program’s history in more than two decades–and also thankfully for the Irish faithful, Golson happens to be getting better and better every game at his second love.
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