This comes as no surprise to many after a solid freshman season from starting quarterback Everett Golson, who led the Fighting Irish to a national title. Although many people would say that Golson has a lot to work on this off-season, it was believed that Kiel would give his fellow freshman a run for his money.
However, the report that was released didn’t give any reason for the consideration to transfer.
It seems obvious that head coach Brian Kelly was going to stick with Golson at quarterback, and why not? How can you not start a guy who led you to a national title the year before — and Kiel realizes that.
Kiel was considered as one of the nation’s top quarterback recruits for the class of 2012 and looked to compete early for the starting job, but after Golson won the job, he redshirted and ran the scout team offense. He did impress the Notre Dame coaching staff with the way he ran the offense of scout team, but it was unlikely that he would take the job away from Golson.
If he does decide to transfer, he will have to sit out yet another year, but will have four remaining years of eligibility when he does ultimately take his first snaps as a college quarterback.
This will be a tough decision for the young, talented gunslinger, but it will be the right choice in the end.