The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be facing higher than usual expectations next season now that they have made a return to relevance. Everett Golson will take on most of that pressure after a break out 2012 season that was as out of the blue as Notre Dame’s undefeated season.
With senior tight end Tyler Eifert gone to the NFL,x Golson will be relying on junior wide receiver T.J. Jones to be his go-to guy next season. The most important of the returning Irish indeed, Golson will have to deliver an encore performance and then some if Notre Dame wants to remain where most who know college football feel they belong.
If Golson doesn’t suffer a slump, the end result could be a trip to the downtown athletic club’s yearly ceremony next December in New York City — I’m talking about the Heisman Trophy presentation of course.
No, I’m not crazy.
I realize he only threw for 2,405 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, but, he was playing in his first action ever and when you look at it from that perspective, his 2012 campaign was pretty impressive. Six rushing touchdowns and leading his team to the BCS national title game should also be noted in his list of accomplishments alongside his throwing stats.
Maybe this season isn’t like last year. Perhaps the Irish are exposed even more than they were against Alabama and they regress. I find that unlikely though; and as for Golson, Heisman hopes may be a bit overzealous and premature, but I certainly wouldn’t count him out just yet. We may very well see another BCS-bound Irish Heisman finalist while counting down the days to their big BCS bowl.