Everyone in the country last year had Everett Golson pegged as a backup quarterback for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but the redshirt freshman had other ideas. Golson was not perfect in his first year underneath center, however he has the potential to bring a national championship to South Bend for the first time in 35 years.
The Irish had just one loss last season and it came against an Alabama Crimson Tide team that was leaps and bounds better than anyone else in NCAAF. The SEC powerhouse was one of the few clubs that shut Golson down as the QB scampered for a humbling negative seven yards on the ground.
It’s never good to be dismantled on national television, but Golson definitely matured from the drubbing that the Tide gave his club at the end of the 2012 season. Although it ended an a rather negative note, the freshman quarterback’s numbers were historically great. Looking at Irish QB lore, captains like Brady Quinn and Jimmy Clausen are usually the top-tier and Golson had a better passing efficiency rating than those two did in their freshman campaigns.
Golson’s mark at 131 is incredibly encouraging, however his six interceptions to just 12 touchdowns is something that coach Brian Kelly will definitely have to look at and improve upon. Decision making is big for the Irish’s quarterback, but the biggest key may be getting the football out in a timely fashion. Timing is a huge factor to any budding collegiate quarterback, and if Golson can improve that, his stat sheet will fatten with touchdowns.