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It’s official: Everett Golson is the Irish’s starting QB

Aug 23, 2012, 6:54 PM EDT

Everett Golson Spring Game

Brian Kelly met with the assembled media and confirmed what I tweeted this morning: Sophomore Everett Golson will be the Irish’s starting quarterback.

“It was a tough decision, but Everett won the starting job,” Kelly said after practice tonight. “If everything is going the way we planned it, he will play the whole game.”

Golson’s play this fall has been a welcome sight for Kelly and offensive coordinator Chuck Martin. With incumbent starter Tommy Rees on the sidelines after a spring arrest got him suspended for the season’s opening game, Golson won the job outright after splitting virtually all the first team reps with junior Andrew Hendrix, a sign that the team was ready to go in a different direction after two seasons with Rees at the helm.

Putting the Irish’s offense into the hands of a player taking his first snaps is a dangerous proposition, but one that Kelly and company feel comfortable with after Golson’s maturation over the last calendar year. There will certainly be guardrails on the Irish offense, potentially simplifying a scheme that got too vanilla last season, but one that’ll also be opened up by the sophomore from Myrtle Beach’s ability to extend plays with his legs and competently run the zone read and option, two keys to Kelly’s offensive attack.

Hendrix will back up Golson in Dublin until Rees makes his way back into the depth chart in week two. What happens behind Golson — or how long of a hook he has — remains to be seen, yet Kelly has consistently said this spring that he’d like to play one quarterback.





  1. 9irish - Aug 23, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    First thing that crossed my mind was that line from Alan Shephard in “The Right Stuff”, after sitting on the launch pad forever….”Fix your little problems and light this candle!”
    Seemed appropriate…glad they made a decision. Now let’s light this candle.

    Go Irish

    • tradertrik - Aug 25, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      With the schedule that’s being played I think it will be remarkable to win 9-10 games. Golson has the skills but still green as are other members of the team. If we get blown out a couple of times that will be very disappointing however if we hang close with a loss I look at that as growth; I hope that Golson is a three year starter and moreover I hope that Kelly’s magic that’s he’s demonstrated at his prior heat coaching positions begins to kick in. I don’t think his tenure at Cincinnati was a fluke and now the pieces of the puzzle are starting to fall into place in South Bend. Go Irish!!!

      • tradertrik - Aug 25, 2012 at 5:29 PM

        Uh, yeah. That should be head coach, not heat coach. I take comfort in that fact that God loves a dumbass.

  2. kiopta1 - Aug 23, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Cool, I just hope he doesn’t get pulled just cause of a single mistake…let him grow and gain confidence. Now if he is the reason we are losing then next man in.

    • nudeman - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:20 PM

      Why would he?
      Tommy made 1,497 mistakes last year and never got pulled

      • jerseyshorendfan1 - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:46 PM

        Jeez Nude, you finally get Golson and you’re still complaining about Rees. Speaking of great movie lines, it’s like you’re talking gorgonzola when it’s clearly Brie time baby. Let it go, deep breaths.

      • nudeman - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:51 PM

        OK, ok
        Good point
        I’ll let Tommy RIP

      • txirish2 - Aug 24, 2012 at 1:39 AM

        Acceptance! Nudeman has entered the last stage of recovery in the Kubler-Ross model. Stay strong my friend, and may yesterday haunt you no more!

        • nudeman - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:19 AM

          Thank you sir.
          I just want to make it through today

      • 1historian - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:44 AM

        Nudie m’lad – Is it not nice to know that we’re all pullin’ for ya?

        • nudeman - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM

          I feel the love
          Sally Field moment here

    • 9irish - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:31 AM

      Such a fine line. The QB can’t single handedly win a game, but he can single handedly LOSE a game. (Nude?) So let’s just hope that first half goes well and BK has learned from previous decisions. I think the defense will maul Navy.

  3. 808raiderinparadise - Aug 23, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Not a surprise to any true ND follower … every since I watched this kids youtube HS hightlights I knew he is a REAL fit for Kelly’s offfense. Flat out makes plays, acuurate and atheltic … 6th most passing dowsn in USA HS football history …. baller.

  4. 808raiderinparadise - Aug 23, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Not a surprise to any true ND follower … every since I watched this kids youtube HS hightlights I knew he is a REAL fit for Kelly’s offfense. Flat out makes plays, acuurate and atheltic … 6th most passing TD’s in USA HS football history …. baller.

    • dmacirish - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:28 PM

      surprised that you felt this was so good that you needed to say it twice. kind of understand what you are trying to say but… lay off the whiskey before you throw it out there again.

      • 808raiderinparadise - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:29 PM

        Well “dmacirish” … since my 1st comment had such a high success rate of “42 to 4” (and counting) I assumed I had to create some fair competition and repost-it to gain some thumbs down (im all for equality) also “whiskey” and my ADD are frequently confused … also if you read the last few words you will notice “passing dows” vs “passing TD’s” as I made a correction/edit to satisfy such intense sports bloggers as yourself. In my attempt to cancel the first post, I unfortunately was a tad late in attempting to do so, hence the “needed to say it twice” post you created. Thank you for that.

        “dicksman” Thank you for your repsonse as well. “Baller” is used in todays modern slang, although “ballah” also see > “balla” was a trending in the early 1990’s to early 2000’s …. when the hip-hop scene began to change, with skinny jeans, snap-backs and XXXXXL white tees where replaced with more form-fitting apparel the slang went back to “Baller” as the pronounciation to match the new idenity of hip-hop and the social dewllings of urban society.

        “kiopta1” thank you for your comment too, although I have to correct you a bit … “stuttering” is a form of verbal communication. Typing is non-verbal, although what I have come up with is this hypothesis … you probally read the comments out loud to drown out the dead silence in your pathetic room …. and while attempting to do so, you frequently stutter yourself, hence the comment. Thank you.

    • dickasman - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:43 PM

      808, you misspelled baller. It’s Balla, thanks a lot you just cost us couple of recruits next year.

  5. kiopta1 - Aug 23, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    808 your stuttering.

    • halfwhitey - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:19 PM

      No, it’s mine.

  6. bernhtp - Aug 23, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    The other announcements were also interesting:
    – Freshman WR Davonte Neal will return punts, GA3 will be the kick returner.
    – Freshman KeiVarae Russell will start at corner opposite Bennett Jackson. The field vs. boundary position have yet to be determined.
    – Russell and junior Bennett Jackson will flips sides on the defense depending on their opponent on a week-to-week basis.
    – Kelly loves freshman WR Chris Brown and sophomore DaVaris Daniels’ speed—this will be the fastest team he’s had at Notre Dame.
    – OLB Danny Spond is making progress but no timetable for his return.

  7. mtndguy - Aug 23, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Golson definitely seems to be the most athletic of the quarterbacks ND currently has. I’m excited to see him in action. If he can keep from turning the ball over, ND will have a great season. Let’s all hope he has an incredible game against Navy so we can put any potential thought of putting TR into the lineup to rest.

    • irish4006 - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      “Let’s all hope he has an incredible game against Navy so we can put any potential thought of putting TR into the lineup to rest.” – We already put that thought to rest, regardless of how well (or poorly) EG (or AH, GK, Nudeman) plays, I don’t ever, ever, ever want to see TR start another game.

  8. gtizzo - Aug 23, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Don’t worry about guardrails Keith,

    ND doesn’t need the whole “Brian Kelly offensive genius playbook” to get a win over Navy. Give the kid the first few chapters and then feed him the rest over the rest of the season. When Golson hits a long…and I mean long…pass he will silence whatever doubters he has.

  9. turknd - Aug 23, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Sweet, there will be some growing pains, but it will be worth it in the end.

    On another front:
    News: Sanford appears to have lost out on a starting job with Harrison Smith and Mistral Raymond set to start at the two safety roles in Minnesota’s third preseason game, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. (Mon Aug 20)

    Nude, Hendrix may have a shot at the NFL if they mve him to safety?

  10. georgegipp - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Nude? Please give us a little bit of a gloat….you deserve it!

    • nudeman - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:26 PM

      Gloat, gloat, gloat
      I didn’t really take any position that hundreds of others here didn’t take
      I just said it more frequently and loudly than anyone else.
      But, it’s a good day. Everything about this guy says “electric”.

      There are a few other things besides the QB that need to prove to be cleaned up from last year
      1, Can we get the plays in on time?
      2. Can we please not drive down to the goal line, then bring in Hendrix for a cute play?
      3. Please … throw the thing into the Irish Sea before you throw it into quad coverage
      4. Remember, there’s nothing wrong with handing the ball off to any of those 4 great RBs.

      • 04domergrad - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:25 PM

        Allow me to add one…

        5. The halfback swing pass, er fumble, play? Let’s leave that out of the playbook

      • 9irish - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:37 PM

        Don’t forget the “Throw crossing end-zone pattern in triple-coverage when all we need is a FG to win the game” play.

      • jimpy49 - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:38 PM

        First time posting on this blog after following for a couple years:

        I feel dirty, but I agree with Nude a lot of the time. He is a wise old sage. Glad to see EG gets the nod. Now, let’s lets hope BK lets him function without fear of getting yanked for mistakes. Nude, good insight on the RB’s – we’ve got a great stable and we should let the young guys rip!!!

  11. goirishnd - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Has anyone discussed this quote – are Davaris and Chris Brown starting over TJ Jones and Goodman?

    “You’re starting DaVaris Daniels and Chris Brown, two guys that are gonna play a lot for us on the perimeter that are first-time starters.”

    • nudeman - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      That’s more about TJ and Goodman (no surprise there) NOT stepping up than anything else.

      Chris Brown has been a rock star since the day he stepped on campus.
      Good job, young man. You too DaVaris.
      Great day for both of you.

  12. nudeman - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    ““It was a tough decision, but Everett won the starting job,” ”

    A tough decision. Seriously? Here were the choices:

    1. An electric QB who threw 150+ TDs in HS and is the prototype for your spread offense. Threw 1 INT in 126 attempts this Fall. Has tremendous escapability. And everything else you want. Plays piano too.

    2. A physically gifted “guy” who per Chuck Martin has problems with “field vision” and threw 4 INTs in ONE DAY this Fall. Has shown a propensity in his limited playing time for attempting to throw the ball right THROUGH defenders (yes, plural).

    3. A gifted 5 star guy who should one day be a superstar, but this isn’t “one day” Yet. Call me in 2013

    4. A mule. In fact, a mule with a weak arm. In fact, a mule … ah, never mind

    Tough decision? ROFLMAO

    • dickasman - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:46 PM

      How about because we don’t have anybody else worth a dam!

    • glowplugv - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:59 PM

      HS does not equal college level. No INTs when you are mostly wearing a red shirt is not same as running for your life or trying to find a lane to pass with large bodies actually converging on you for real. And escapability can turn into happy feet.

      Let’s not drink the kool aid yet. I think he is a right choice, but let’s let him prove himself in combat before he is annointed.

      • nudeman - Aug 23, 2012 at 11:16 PM

        But 1 INT in 126 attempts is better than 4 in one day (12 attempts?)
        Especially when that’s the type of judgment we’ve seen from AH when he plays
        Tells us at least a little something

      • halfwhitey - Aug 23, 2012 at 11:31 PM

        Credit the defenders for catching those Hendrix passes. When a 95mph football is launched directly at your numbers, it is easy to have the ball deflect off your chest pads.

      • glowplugv - Aug 25, 2012 at 12:18 AM

        Nude, I ran across Golson’s video of his senior year on YouTube and I have to say that he was impressive. I’m willing to cross off the happy feet concern, as he did some very savy running to extend the play and complete passes in that video. Kool aid might be chilling but you still will have to taste to see how good it is…..

  13. ajw21 - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    So Golson is gonna start one year until Keil is ready? Then after Keil doesn’t light it up after 1 year will you be calling for Zaire, then the next guy? We always want the next guy. How about we hope Golson gets better each day and starts for 2-3 years then the next guy steps in with 1-2 years left. Its called stability and works out well.

    • halfwhitey - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:23 PM

      People haven’t been arbitrarily clamoring for a new quarterback. We want Golson (or even Hendrix, really) over Rees because we know Rees isn’t the one to take us to a higher level.

    • joeschu - Aug 24, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      I don’t think anyone is viewing Golson as a “placeholder” for Keil or Zaire. Any good program has a pipeline of guys that can take the position and move the team forward. I don’t think you’d find a single Irish fan hoping Golson has a single good year in him. I’d love to see 3 great years of production from him and have that give way to the winner of the competition between Zaire and Keil and whoever we pick up in the next cycle.

  14. audomer - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Love the fact that Coach Kelly made decisions earlier this year than last year.

    Davonte Neal = Punt Returner – Something tells me we’re going to shatter our .6 yds return avg from last year.

    KeiVarae Russell = Starting CB – Lets just pray for strength and wisdom for this kid. He is going to be tested to no end or until his first interception.

    • 9irish - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:42 PM

      Good grief…somebody owes me a beer for the stress of every punt return last season….pain.

      • jerseyshorendfan1 - Aug 24, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        Go see Goodman. He’s still a college student so if he pays off, it will likely be in PBR or Natty Ice.

  15. bernhtp - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    What is striking me is Kelly’s propensity to go with youth. Davonte Neal, KeiVarae Russel, Everett Golson, Chris Brown, and DaVaris Daniels are freshmen or all first-time players and (unexpectedly) beat out guys with experience.

    • dickasman - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:25 AM

      Because we still don’t have any “depth” on the depth chart. Hell on most positions, we don’t have starters even. I hope I am thoroughly wrong but I think we are in for el stinko seasono!

      • audomer - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:37 AM

        Then go away!!

    • irish4006 - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      Well, Charlie wasn’t quite lighting it up in recruiting before getting canned. Also, when he got canned and Kelly moved in, there was hardly any time for recruiting that year. If you lose 2 recruiting classes and add some injuries here and there; expect the unexpected.

  16. glorygreyhound1 - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Keith, is it an oxymoron to “simplify a vanilla scheme?”

    If so, we’re in for a long, boring season.

    • dickasman - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:27 AM

      I thought he was referring to a lot of slow white football players on our team.

  17. ajw21 - Aug 23, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Don’t drink the kool-aid? This is the best time to drink the blue & gold kool-aid! We are undefeated and Russel & Jackson have the same stats as All American cbs this year!

    • dickasman - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:28 AM

      I spiked mine w moonshine to ease the pain.

  18. bearcatirishfan - Aug 23, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    Anyone else notice on the media video that kelly looked excited damned near giddy. That makes me feel good about the season.

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:03 AM

      Giddy is the PERFECT word for it. I definitely saw that too. Nice work bearcatirishfan

    • dickasman - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:30 AM

      I think what I thought all along which is i think you’re in love w coach Kelly. You’re in love man and I think that’s a beautiful thing.

    • dickasman - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:54 AM

      All jokes aside, you’re right bk seem very jovial to say the least. I hope he knows something we don’t. I am liking what I see and hear from the coach so far.

      • idratherbeinsouthbend - Aug 24, 2012 at 2:09 AM


        i didn’t even know you did “all jokes aside” comments, i tip my condom to you for a serioues comment!

      • txirish2 - Aug 24, 2012 at 2:58 AM

        He almost seems downright cocky…

  19. idratherbeinsouthbend - Aug 23, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Off topic, but just saw on the ESPN wire that Aaron Lynch was denied immediate eligibility today.

    I don’t care one way or another whether he plays, but i don’t think this bodes well for him. Seems like he may not be the focused student-athlete he should be if he’s not gonna see the field. Could be a rough year for him.

    • dickasman - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:34 AM

      Boo yah, that’s what cha get for screwing nd over sooooooooon! He could go drink sizzzurp w Jamarcus Russell or snort bath salts w honey badger for all I care. Seems like a kids a weak moron, lacks certain intestinal fortitude to be a bad as mofo as he could be. I hope kid finds his head and go makes something of himself because kids got loads of natural talent you just can’t teach.

      • audomer - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:47 AM

        i just looked up “Mommas Boy” in the dictionary and there was a picture of Aaron Lynch

    • georgegipp - Aug 24, 2012 at 2:19 AM

      he’s also getting married this weekend apparently

      • bernhtp - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:51 AM

        I have a feeling that we will hear/see Aaron in the news for many years and in all kinds of ways. He’s an amazingly talented athlete, but one who is psychologically erratic and intense. I hope that his dark side doesn’t overwhelm the good, but I fear it will erupt from time to time and we will certainly hear about it when it does.

  20. ct111 - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Remember back in the days when we thought Rees was “The Guy” to lead the team to wins? I wonder if Nude will throw Golson under the bus when Golson doesn’t win and start talking about how Kiel should be the starting QB.

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:19 AM

      We don’t have to worry about that, cause Golson is “The Guy” :)…but rest assured, if Golson doesn’t win, nude will throw him under the bus and then the Gunner Kiel campaign will begin.

      • nudeman - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:33 AM

        Tommy is from the North Suburbs; I’m from the North Suburbs.
        When he first appeared on the scene I was gung ho and thought it would be great for ND to have a great ND QB from Chicago.

        It didn’t take long for most people, myself included to see he didn’t have it.
        I NEVER bought in to his hype.
        When they beat Utah, they did it largely on the ground.
        When they beat Army, they beat ARMY for God sake.
        When they beat USC, they did so in spite of his 11 interceptions.

        Will I toss Golson under the bus? I doubt it.
        At a minimum, this guy at least has the physical tools to play the position.

    • irish4006 - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      Who exactly, back in the day, thought TR was “The Guy”. I was okay with a few mistakes, a few weak throws, check downs and all; but once I realized that it was his ceiling… I still had hopes for Crist to come back from injury and be the guy in 2011, but that’s another dead horse we don’t need to beat anymore.

  21. halfwhitey - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    I feel great about this season. With last year’s South Florida “perfect storm of shit” loss, the Michigan “I will never, ever watch a single second of that game every again” loss, and the Florida State “wtf” loss of last season, this season will be easy to swallow no matter what. It is like take practice swings with a baseball bat with a donut on it.

    • andy44teg - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:33 AM

      I believe that’s called a “shiticane”.

  22. don74 - Aug 24, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    I watched EG’s press conference and was impressed with the kid. He was just nervous enough not to be jerk but certainly poised for what is going on around him. I wish him well and he seems like he will represent himself and the university well.

    I hope he is as successful on the field as he was with his first presser.

    Someone earlier mentioned Kelly’s demeanor…..agree, he appeared to be very pleased with what he has. Very different from last year where he saw little difference in fall practice between DC and TR. (I mentioned him for Nude)

    • nudeman - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      I am estopped from discussing TR
      You can’t bait me today

      • don74 - Aug 24, 2012 at 1:17 PM

        Tommy Rees, Tommy Rees, Tommy Rees.

        It will be like the oid bit from Abbot and Costello….Niagra Falls. The verbal cue that incited madness.

        • nudeman - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:53 PM

          Or the 3 Stooges:
          SLOWLY I turn, step by step …

  23. goirish24 - Aug 24, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    I don’t really care as long as golson throws touchdowns, but it appears that he doesn’t throw using the laces. Does anyone else find that a little odd?

    • 9irish - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      hmmmm….hadn’t noticed that one. Must have big mitts. “I don’t need no stinkin’ laces!”

    • audomer - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      When I’m sixth all time in touchdowns thrown in all of high school football, then I’ll judge his mechanics

      • 9irish - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM


  24. runners00 - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    It’s nice to have the decision made. Golson will bring some needed spark to the offense. Let’s hope he can control the turnovers, too. That is all important. I know that he will drive us down the field time and again — but we can’t drive down the field and put it on the ground before getting it into the end zone.

    Go Irish!

  25. ndfan4ever - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Not much of a surprise here. Really no choice. This added to the cb situation doesn’t boad well for this years season at all. Could be looking down the barrel of a 6 – 6 season very possible with ND schedule and with an unproven QB and a very shaky cb situation. Hope i am wrong but playing Navy will not give us much of a view into the future games. Navy could snake bite us right of the bat with some trick passing plays that catch our db sneaking up to help for run support. If Navy gets a couple over the top long passes for TD we could be in trouble. Good luck Irish

    • don74 - Aug 24, 2012 at 4:34 PM

      Can we at least wait until a fumble on the one yard line of the first offensive series before we hang the crepe?

      46-17 Irish over Navy. Good performance by all! Put it in the book.

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