Notre Dame Blue and Gold Game Could Provide Quarterback Answers

By patmercadante
Matt Cashore-US Presswire

Last season, Everett Golson had a good, solid performance at quarterback for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during Blue and Gold game-concluding spring practice.

Golson took that momentum into fall practice and was the starter when the Irish traveled to Dublin to take on Navy on opening day.

He will look to repeat his performance in this season’s Blue and Gold game, but he is not the only quarterback looking to impress head coach Brian Kelly and the rest of his coaching staff.

In 2010, Tommy Rees had the hot hand, leading Notre Dame to five straight wins, including a victory over rival Miami Hurricanes. Rees was not the starter in 2011, but found himself there when Dayne Christ was injured. Rees played well in 2011 and competed for the starer position in 2012, but Golson was named the starter.

Golson should be the starter going into camp and could be the starter when the Irish open the season against Temple in August. Rees will compete again, but is not expected to win the job. Someone who could be Golson’s top competition is the highly-recruited Gunner Kiel.

Kiel is attempting to win the job over Golson, which is similar to what happened last season. Kiel will get a legit shot to impress Kelly and the coaches and win the job.

There are a few others that could work their way into the mix. Andrew Hendrix had limited playing time last season, but Kelly did give him a chance to get on the field. Incoming freshman Malik Zaire is another quarterback that will contend — he graduated high school early, and will get his first taste of college football action this spring.

Notre Dame has five strong possibilities at quarterback, and that can be credited to Kelly and what he has done since arriving. Initially, when Kelly arrived, he spoke about addressing the team’s immediate needs.

Now, Kelly talks about position depth and building for the future, and it is obvious that he has depth at the quarterback position. The question is which quarterback will step up and lead this team, and how will that impact future Notre Dame squads?

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