The Notre Dame Fighting Irish should not have a quarterback controversy when spring practice begins in the upcoming weeks. Everett Golson had a tremendous first season and although the hype of Gunner Kiel is noted, it should be Golson’s job to lose.
Before the whispers or shouts for Kiel begin, let’s not forget what Golson did last season. Golson was elusive and was very effective running and passing in 2013. Golson passed for 12 touchdown passes, and rushed for six touchdowns. He did make mistakes along the way, but was clutch against Michigan State, Oklahoma, USC and his effort in the come from behind wins against Stanford and Pittsburgh.
Rees was key on opening day in South Bend against Purdue, coming off the bench in the closing moments to lead the Irish to victory after an Golson injury. Rees made another relief appearance against the Michigan Wolverines leading Notre Dame to their only touchdown of the game, and had good appearances this season, including his perfect four for four throwing appearance against Stanford sealing the overtime victory.
While Golson and Rees were key during Notre Dame drive toward the BCS National Title, they were not the only quarterbacks on the Fighting Irish roster.
Kiel will get his opportunity this spring and fall to show Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly his highly-publicized big arm. Kiel could be the quarterback of the future and if he is the better player on the field, he deserves a chance to start.
Golson led Notre Dame to their first undefeated regular season in over two decades, and his performance on the field should give him the upper hand for the 2013 starting position. Golson earned the job last season over Rees, Kiel and Andrew Hendrix and after a solid season, he gained invaluable experience. With the experience he gained and confidence he should have, Golson should be the starter when the Irish start the season next August.