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New Year’s resolutions for 2012 Irish

Jan 1, 2012, 7:51 PM EDT

Everett Golson

It doesn’t take a CSI investigator to know that Irish fans are still smarting from the 18-14 loss to Florida State. Minutes away from a nine win season, the firm grasp the Irish defense had around the throat of the Seminoles loosened, and an offense that moved the ball prolifically earlier this season ground to a halt as both Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix struggled to do much of anything to help win a football game.

Instead of heading to the offseason winning an ugly, defense first football game and making incremental progress with a nine-win season, Kelly’s squad seems stuck in neutral thanks to a quarterbacking conundrum that will make spring practice 15 of the most important sessions this team will ever have.

With the calendar starting anew today, there’s no better time to lay out some New Year’s resolutions for the Fighting Irish as they take some time off before getting back to the grind of getting better and preparing for 2012.

For the secondary… May they learn and develop quickly. For Jamoris Slaughter, may he springboard forward after his coming-out party against the Seminoles, and become the dual-threat player he’s always been capable of as he takes over for Harrison Smith as the heart of the secondary. For Zeke Motta, may he continue to improve in coverage and get better tackling in the open field. After two years of special teams consistency, may Austin Collinsworth take that playmaking knack to a secondary in need of big plays. May Eilar Hardy come back healthy after a knee injury and Chris Badger be a quick study after his two-year mission. At cornerback, may Lo Wood and Bennett Jackson be ready to be thrown into the fire. The same goes for Josh Atkinson, who saw the field this season and will likely see it a lot more next year. With the redshirt off Jalen Brown, the athletic and tall cornerback could also emerge as a contender for playing time, where the defense will likely hinge on the young secondary’s ability to make plays.

For the linebackers… May Manti Te’o stay healthy for his senior season, a year where he’ll likely earn his reputation as one of college football’s best defenders. After going from the bottom of the outside linebacker depth chart to the starting will linebacker, may Dan Fox continue to show the athleticism that had the previous Irish coaching staff see a better prospect than Luke Kuechly. Carlo Calabrese, who lost playing time to Fox, can use 2012 to improve in space, building on the strides he took this year in coverage. Te’o’s return pushed back the emergence of Kendall Moore, but the talented youngster will find a way to make a difference for this defense next year. The same can be said for Justin Utupo and Jarrett Grace, two young and talented inside linebackers that will be contributors sooner than later. May Anthony Rabasa‘s shoulder heal quickly, allowing the freshman to participate in spring drills as he continues his transition to the interior of the defense.

With the outside of the linebacking crew, may the Irish find stability as they try to replace Darius Fleming. For Prince Shembo, may he find stability if he shifts to Fleming’s old position, where he’ll have the opportunity to rush the passer and feel more at home. May the freshman season of Ishaq Williams help the youngster develop after absorbing the transition for New York high schools to major college football. For Troy Niklas, may the talented freshman take his unique size and skill set and apply that at the dog linebacker. For Danny Spond, may he get through a season healthy, and finally be able to utilize the talent that had Kelly and the staff so high on him. For Ben Councell, may his redshirt season be fruitful for a young linebacker that could become a top-line 3-4 drop linebacker.

For the defensive line… May Kapron Lewis-Moore come back healthy after knee surgery. May Sean Cwynar return to help anchor the interior of the defensive line while also continuing his first-class education. May Tyler Stockton work his way into the interior line rotation during his final season. After a promising first season, may Louis Nix continue to improve, turning himself into an All-American. While Kona Schwenke spent a year of eligibility during fill-in duty, may he work his way into the defensive end rotation, taking some of the snaps Ethan Johnson left behind. May Chase Hounshell build on a surprising freshman campaign that found him working his way out of a redshirt and onto the field. With time in the weight room, he could add yet another promising pass rush option to a front line that could be among the best in recent Irish history. After spending 2011 on the sidelines, may Tony Springmann surprise everyone with his athleticism and size, adding another player with the versatility to play inside and out. May Stephon Tuitt and Aaron Lynch continue to evolve into bookends the Irish haven’t seen in years. For Tuitt, may the playing time he lost due to illness be paid back next season, when the already massive freshman has a chance for another 12 months in under Paul Longo. For Lynch, may the talented pass rusher work on the space between his ear pads, cutting down on the mental mistakes and personal fouls that pockmarked a freshman season that showed everyone just how talented he’ll be. (Lynch could also work on drawing the flags he earned for holding.)

For the offensive line… May Braxston Cave return healthy for 2012, anchoring the line from the center position while continuing to add finesse to a game certainly not lacking power. If Mike Golic returns, may he do it stronger at the point of attack and more versatile, giving the Irish another super-sub candidate a la Andrew Nuss. May Chris Watt build on an impressive 2011 season, where the left guard was one of the Irish’s most punishing run blockers. May Zack Martin continue being the technically sound left tackle he’s been for two straight seasons, and continue on his All-American trajectory. May Christian Lombard be ready to take over for Taylor Dever at right tackle, after spending 2011 waiting in the wings. May Tate Nichols come back healthy and ready to challenge for playing time at tackle as well, battling Lombard for the job and showing unnatural athleticism for a player of his size. May 2012 be the year Bruce Heggie isn’t a punch line. For Conor Hanratty, Nick Martin, and Matt Hegarty, may 2012 be the year they battle for Trevor Robinson’s vacant job. For Brad Carrico, may he be ready to see the field. For Jordan Prestwood, may the year used in the weight room translate to the playing field.

For the receivers and tight ends… May Tyler Eifert decide what’s best for him and his family. If it’s Notre Dame, may he stay healthy and continue to build his body physically. For Alex Welch and Ben Koyack, may they be ready for a larger role in the offense, whether or not Eifert decides to return for 2012. For Jake Golic, may back surgery fix whatever ailed the tight end running out of opportunities to make a difference. At wide receiver, if John Goodman comes back, may he dedicated himself to becoming the wide receiver people thought he’d be coming out of high school. For Theo Riddick, if he stays at wide receiver, may 2012 be the year that the lightbulb finally goes on. For Robby Toma, may he find a more permanent spot in the offense. For TJ Jones, may he use the personal tragedy of 2011 as motivation to become the type of receiver the Irish need, while also realizing that he’s halfway done with his career. For Daniel Smith, may he finally find his way onto the field, stay healthy, and give the Irish a big body that’s ready to fill the void left by Michael Floyd. For Davaris Daniels and Matthias Farley, may they learn from the redshirt season and be ready to come out swinging in 2012.

For the running backs… May Cierre Wood pledge to put together one of the best single season’s in Notre Dame rushing history, and give himself a difficult decision on whether or not he should stay in school or head to the NFL. May Cam Roberson finally get healthy after a devastating knee injury suffered last spring. May 2012 be a better year than the last for him. For George Atkinson, may he build on the game breaking skills he showed in the return game, while finding ways to improve as a position player. For Cam McDaniel, may the youngster build on a year where his eligibility was lost, but not all that much experience was gained.

For the quarterbacks… May they find some stability. For Tommy Rees, may he prove the growing mountain of skeptics wrong. Like all quarterbacks, they’re never as good as the good times nor as bad as the bad ones. May this offseason help restore confidence, build more knowledge in the passing game, and take a step forward in his decision making. Rees will never be able to run the ball, but he can move the offense, even if the Irish sputtered down the stretch. For Andrew Hendrix, may he continue learning the offense, giving Kelly and the coaching staff a true look at what he can do come spring practice. With a skill-set that’s never been questioned, he’ll need to cut back on decisions like the throw he made against the Seminoles while also proving to be more than just a battering ram in the running game. The Irish can be the offense Kelly wants with Hendrix behind center, and a quarterback that can run will take some pressure off a receiving corp short potentially two All-Americans. For Everett Golson, may 2012 be a year where he rises to the occasion. There might be no player with great expectations heaped onto him, and if there’s a player that can rescue an offense still stuck in transition, it’s Golson.

For the coaches… May Brian Kelly stick to his guns. Two years in South Bend didn’t erase 20 years of experience, even if the fish bowl is a whole lot bigger. Sometimes seasons like the past year build humility, and for Kelly may he learn from the bizarre circumstances that came to define the 2011 season. For Bob Diaco, may he learn to live dangerously. With a youthful secondary and one of the best front sevens the Irish have ever had, maybe he keep the gas pedal down and his foot on opponents’ throats, as opposed to playing from a base defense. May Mike Elston solve the punt return game, where Michael Floyd bailed the Irish out with his 41-yard return in the bowl game after the worst season in school history. May Tim Hinton be thankful he turned down Urban Meyer and Ohio State to stay with Notre Dame. May Ed Warinner reload the right side of the offensive line and a ground game that slowed down in the season’s final month. May the offensive coordinator, whoever he may be, be ready to put his stamp on the offense. May Tony Alford earn his keep both in recruiting and in preparing this wide receiving corp for life without No. 3.

  1. trentnd - Jan 1, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Here, here. Go Irish.

    • papadec - Jan 2, 2012 at 1:34 AM

      I’ll drink to that!!!!!!!

    • 808raiderinparadise - Jan 3, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      I said allllllllllllllllll year and prior to this year that Golson is the future. The future starts now. This defense is good enough and has the right recruits to always help out a offense. BC and PItt we barely scored on them?! Trash, garbage, unnacceptable. Golson can make plays and get points on the board. He will make Kelly’s offense go, not a pocket passer like Rees, who by that matter isn’t even a good accurate passer at that.

      All you conservative ND fans need to give way to Golson in order for Kelly to have a chance at running his offense.

  2. ndtoronto - Jan 1, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Great article Keith. But I don’t believe the offense this year ever really moved the ball prolifically, especially not against the quality teams…i guess against the crappy teams but even then not consistently (i.e pitt and bc comes to mind)…btw do you only wish eifert stays healthy IF he remains with ND for his senior year LOL

    My ND Wishes for 2012 – settle qb controversy (and i mean find a qb not named rees to successfully run the spread offense), fix punt returns, reload on the right side of the o-line, youngsters work hard to fill the void left in the secondary, find the power back to complement cierre wood, find capable replacements for MF and possibly Eifert, and finish strong in recruiting

    I think if we can solve these issues, we’ll be looking good for the upcoming season but we’ll see what happens…

  3. irishdodger - Jan 1, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Too late for Hinton, he’s reportedly accepted the TE Coach position @ tOSU.

  4. irishdodger - Jan 1, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Hinton has reportedly accepted the position of TE Coach at tOSU.

  5. irishfb05 - Jan 2, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Pretty good article but I sure hope Kelly doesn’t stick to his guns unless he has the talent to call the game that way. Defenders of Kelly will say it is not all his fault because he is limited at the qb position which is true but he does have a 1,000 yard rusher. A good coach adjusts his game plan according to the talent he has not just be so stubborn as to run it the way he always has. It is not fair to ask a kid to do something he is incapable of (putting the game in Rees’s arm)

    • txbeej - Jan 2, 2012 at 2:06 AM

      Yes, this please. Notre Dame ranked 84th in the nation in rushing attempts despite being in the top 30 in yards per attempt. Criminal.

      It seems BK only knows the one way though, so he better find a competent QB and some talented wideouts in a hurry. The thought of Rees slinging it 35 times a game to Jones and Riddick next year doesn’t do a whole lot for me.

    • dickasman - Jan 3, 2012 at 6:52 PM

      good comment irishfb05. I thought Kelly generally sucked @ making adjustments….ANY adjustments, especially at the half time.

  6. tony34343434 - Jan 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Hoping BK starts to focus on the X’s and O’s. We have too much talent for a year like this. Need to work on special teams, secondary and of course the quarterback situation. Hopefully we get some good recruits but we need to coach them better once they get here, Go Irish!

  7. nudeman - Jan 2, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    I’ve come down on the side of having serious concerns for ND’s near term future. The program is not without its positives – recruiting, overall talent level, and the rising D being at the top of the list.

    But this year the quarterback circus and the quality of the coaching killed them.

    In terms of the QB – there’s no near term answer. Rees isn’t the guy, and I was extremely disappointed in Hendrix. Although the body of work is limited, the INTs he threw vs. Stanford and FSU told me he lacks poise and vision. And if you give the job to Golson, you restart the clock on rookie mistakes that any young QB will make.

    For a team like ND to finish at the bottom of the heap in turnovers and penalties just tells me there is a coaching problem. I never expected that from Kelly, a guy who is so disciplined he monitors how they keep their lockers. They beat themselves at least 3-4 times this year and well coached teams don’t do that. They just don’t.

    Next year’s schedule is very tough and barring a miracle at QB, I don’t see more than 6 wins. Hope I’m way way wrong. Keith, think they’re still pursuing Kiel? Wouldn’t surprise me, and there’s nothing to lose. They have a track record of not giving up on kids, like Lynch and Tuitt last year.

  8. mbutch6 - Jan 2, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Warinner is following Hinton to OSU. New OC, new RB coach, new QB coach and new OL coach. Chuck Martin will be named the new OC…so new guy in the secondary too.

  9. nudeman - Jan 2, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Keith

    Most would agree the QB position is the single biggest impediment to ND becoming a BCS contender.

    I hope you will devote an article to this in the next few days. Right now, they seem to have no good options. Golson might be as talented as we all think, but he’s never taken a snap. No one believes in TR any longer, and there are doubts about Hendrix becoming a top tier D-I QB.
    I just saw an interview with Devin Fuller and he’s not even sure he’s going to visit ND.

    They seem to be painted into a corner. Without resolving this, they’re a 6-6 team next year.

    • nudeman - Jan 2, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      Why would anyone give this a “thumbs down”?
      I take zero personal offense, and am only curious.

      One of 2 reasons:
      1) either you think the QB play is just fine, or …
      2) you think anyone who speaks critically of the team “hates” ND, or is a fan of some other team.

      Which is it?

      • 1historian - Jan 2, 2012 at 12:45 PM

        nude – chill, dude. Perhaps someone mistakenly hit the wrong button, or maybe he/she/it is trying to get under your skin

        btw – I love your posts

    • runners00 - Jan 3, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      I will give you the thumbs up, Nude

      The turnovers, particularly from the Q, in the red zone are just awful. And you don’t “learn” how not to turn the ball over at this level. The FSU game was particularly evident as we had two red zone TOs.

      Without a new quarterback, there will be no success. All over the Irish, there is talent. It’s on the offensive line. It’s in the secondary. It’s on the defensive front. It’s even in the kicking game. We have talent everywhere. But if we are marching down the field to throw end-zone INTs against quality opponents game after game, we’re going to lose against those quality opponents.

      For sure we threw away the game against Florida State. I think that we tossed the game against SC as well, when we fumbled the snap at the 1. There is no doubt we lost the game to South Florida for similar reasons. That’s three games where the Q’s inability to perform at the level needed for the situation cost us the game. And let’s not forget the Michigan game, where Rees’ three INTs clearly hurt us.

      I’m not saying it’s necessarily coaching in the sense that Kelly is throwing the INTs. Perhaps Hendrix is weaker and less capable than Rees. But come on, four games against quality opponents were decided largely because our quarterback made key turnovers. We need a quarterback and a system that recognizes the strengths and weaknesses of the quarterback.

  10. 1historian - Jan 2, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Both Rees and Hendrix are good, to a point, but they’re not going to get any better.

    Golson has never taken a snap.

    True – but you have to start somewhere. When next season starts (242 days from now) he will have had 2 spring practices 2 preseason practices and one full season watching to learn the offense.

    If not now, when?

    • nudeman - Jan 2, 2012 at 7:10 PM

      What “point” is Rees got to?
      He is seriously lacking in all necessary skills to play D-1 QB

      Hendrix could get better, but I’m not expecting it to be a whole lot, even if he’s given the reins next year

      • turknd - Jan 3, 2012 at 3:32 PM

        Why wouldn’t you think Hendrix could get better. he’s got the strongest arm (apparantly outside of Goodman) and good wheels.

      • turknd - Jan 3, 2012 at 3:50 PM

        apparently

  11. irishdodger - Jan 2, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Let me get this straight, fans are already assuming Hendrix isn’t a good candidate after one half of play vs Stanford & not even that much vs the best defense ND faced this year? Hendrix only threw 8 passes & was shuttled in guaranteeing no consistency for Rees or him. At least Rees got to go up against below average Ds in he games where he played substantially: Tulsa, Utah & Army. Hendrix didn’t get that luxury. Kelly deserves all of the blame on his failed handling of the QBs.

    • nudeman - Jan 2, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      The conclusion that Rees can’t play is 100% definitive. With Hendrix it’s a gut feel.

      True, a limited body of work, so if some want to disagree, fine. But he is a Pre Med major so I assume he’s reasonably smart. Having said that, he’s been there 2 years and has JUST NOW graduated past the “package” point? Seriously?. That tells me he might not be “football smart”.

      Secondly, the INTs against Stanford and FSU were hellaciously amateurish. Defenders stacked up RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE RECEIVER, and he just let it fly like he could throw it through them. Also on one of his first plays against FSU, he ran for 5-6 yards and was so nervous he tripped over his own feet, then fumbled (and recovered it) after hardly being hit.

      Just my opinion, but these things tell me he lacks poise and vision. So while he’s undoubtedly more physically gifted than Tommy and probably better overall, I don’t think he represents a quantum leap forward.

      By the way, I don’t care a wit about the thumbs down. Was just trying to understand if there is actually someone left out there who thinks the QB position ISN’T a problem.

  12. joeschu - Jan 2, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    How could you possibly wish that BK “sticks to his guns”!?!?!

    I’m tired of “decided schematic advantage” (oops, that was the other guy) and “get used to it,” and “these aren’t my guys.” This guy NEEDS the dose of humility that a few 8-5 seasons should have handed him.

    His total botching of the QB situation leaves us little hope that he’ll do anything other than sticking to his guns. No one will ever sufficiently explain to me why Hendrix didn’t see SIGNIFICANTLY more snaps throughout the year. As Nudeman correctly asserts, we now have Rees (2 years of eligibility, no evidence that he’s anything more than an 8-5 Sun Bowl champ), Hendrix (3 years of eligibility, nothing but a few spot snaps and a half against Stanford to judge from and always with low-ceiling over his shoulder), and Golson (4 years of eligibility, and has never seen the field). This isn’t a recipe for success. BK’s stubbornness got us here. If, using his words, kids need the “scar tissue” of live-fire snaps to be ready to “step to the next level,” then shouldn’t have Hendrix been getting those throughout the season, so we at least have one guy ready to step up next year? He’s supposed to be running a PROGRAM, which requires talent development and player development over time.

    Our stated goal is a BCS game every year. Once it became painfully clear to all that Rees wasn’t a BCS caliber QB and it wasn’t a BCS year, when do you step back, look at the program and get behind a kid that has BCS physical skills? I just don’t get it, and please don’t reply with, “They needed to WIN NOW,” because that’s crap. They didn’t win now, and you’ll never convince me that they won a game because of Rees vs. what the other guys on the roster could have done. No way.

    • nudeman - Jan 2, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      joeschu
      Agree 100%.

      The tough thing now is THERE ARE NO GOOD OPTIONS re: the QB situation. NONE. One experienced guy who’s terrible and 2 inexperienced guys who might be OK and might not.

      Kelly mismanaged this from the beginning of the 2nd half vs USF.

      I give Kelly a big fat “D” for this year’s performance. And his seat is only starting to get hot.

      • dickasman - Jan 3, 2012 at 6:58 PM

        Yessir….I heard that….Another 4 or 5 loss season and we have to get rid of him, don’t we??? We got a very tough schedule next year as well!

  13. dickasman - Jan 3, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Keith, Rees sux! He cannot move the ball man, what u talkin bout willis? He also cannot throw the ball deep or side to side either w then tin can arm of his. I completely lost faith in Rees although it didn’t help that BK kept playing musical QB all year.

    Its Hendrix vs. Golson for starting job. Golson will be playing regardless in change of pace/wildcat, etc..I hope Hendrix wins the starting job outright. Its byebye south bend and hello wyoming for BK in Rees is the starting quarterback next year.

  14. dickasman - Jan 3, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Also, watching all the bowl games, I noticed that ND in general needs to get alot FASTER, not FATTER this year! Call jenny craig ASAP!

  15. cpfirish - Jan 4, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    we dont really have a problem at the qb position! we have EG!! he is the better qb.. we have a tuff schedule this next season but our defense is the best its been in years years!! i hope the best for all the players and will still watch every game even if we are 6-6..

  16. yllibnosredna - Jan 5, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Despite the probability that I will still be living in Dublin, Ireland in early September, I will not even attend this game if Kelly has Rees starting at quarterback or has mishandled the quarterback situation in the spring and late summer practices like he did this past year. This multiple qb-shuffling bullshit he tried this past year was the primary reason for this team’s under-achievement in 2011. If leading up to the “Emerald Isle Classic,” Kelly has not settled on ONE QUARTERBACK, and that quarterback’s last name is not Golson or Hendrix, I will not be present in the stands of Aviva Stadium on September 1st, 2012. I would simply rather vomit on my dick than watch Tommy (Turnover Machine) Rees–who is about as mobile as a statue–play one more meaningful down for Notre Dame ahead of far superior talent at quarterback. Notwithstanding major injuries to both Golson and Hendrix and unless the outcome of a game is already decided (which in 2012, I’m afraid to say is more likely the result of ND being blown out than the other way round), Tommy Rees should never be under center for Notre Dame again. And Kelly deserves all the backlash and verbal criticism that’s launched in his direction next year if he produces a cluster-f..k of a quarterback situation the way he did this past year. I am willing to give him a pass in nearly every other department this past year due to breaking in a new system, balancing veteran players with his recruits, establishing solidarity amongst the coaching staff….but I cannot and nor should any other ND fan stand for this kind of egregious mishandling of quarterbacks like we saw in 2011–naming Crist as your starter for the season and then benching him for the rest of the season after one bad half of football, playing a kid like Hendrix sporadically in one or two series and never allowing him to get into a rhythm, inserting Rees back onto the field inside the opponents’ ten yard line after inexplicably supplanting him with Hendrix mid-way through a drive and calling three straight pass plays inside the five with the third inevitably resulting in a pick…It’s just unacceptable and BAD Coaching that any armchair fan/coach can easily and justifiably question and criticize, and Kelly has to be held accountable for these piss-poor decisions when dealing with the quarterback position–an area which was supposed to be his field of expertise when he was hired at ND. Given his system, the success of this team HINGES on solid steady, INTELLIGENT play at the quarterback position, and Kelly did his guys no favors this past season–a year which offered more potential for success than any other in recent ND football history as Notre Dame actually had a pretty formidable defense that could stop the run, a dynamic running back duo that paced the best Irish ground attack in the past 15 years, a tough, stout offensive line, and All-Americans at tight end, wide-out, and linebacker. The veteran secondary was overrated and definitely underachieved, but Kelly can perhaps escape real criticism for this as none of these players were his own. All that said, Kelly absolutely has to take care of his baby–the quarterback position in the spread offense. And in 2011, he aborted every opportunity for success under center. If he continues this sort of inexcusable coaching at the quarterback position, I will find something better to do with my Saturdays in the Fall, and that starts on September 1st 2012 if Kelly does indeed replicate his recipe for disaster at mishandling the QB position like he did in 2011. A coach who gets paid over $2 million a year has to be held to a higher standard, and when the talent is there, he must successfully manage all aspects of every unit on his team, defense (front 7 and secondary), special teams (kicking, punting, kick return and punt return–which was also abysmal (dead last in NCAA in 2011), and offense (O-LINE, Backfield, Receivers and Tight Ends, and most importantly in the spread offense, QB play!) For Kelly to shit the bed in this department as he did this past season is absolutely unacceptable and he should be harassed and harangued and most importantly held accountable at every corner during the off-season and leading up to the opener next year for this blunder. The ND faithful deserve much better than what they got in 2011, and Kelly must redeem himself in 2012–And it all starts with proper management of the QB situation. If Tommy Rees is even mentioned as a potential starter for this team next fall, that may tell you all you need to know about the direction this team and this program is heading in the future–straight down the SHITTER! And I will no longer actively participate in witnessing such a spectacle of mediocrity and failure.

  17. irishbornraised - Jan 6, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    I wanted to get it out there. Both scout and rivals have golson as a 3-star, stop acting like he’s super amazing. I get that his highlight reel is amazing, i’ve watched it probably too many times, I’m very exciting about him, but don’t call him tony rice just yet

    • irishbornraised - Jan 6, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      sorry, just rechecked and saw scout has his at 4-star, but rivals has him at 3. they say his drawback are his size (not quite 6 feet) and his field vision, as in he locks on receiver which could both be big problems if he wants to adjust to the bright lights

  18. rcali - Jan 8, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    I’m not sure the QB Kelly needs is on the roster yet. The merry go round has to stop though.

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