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Irish A-to-Z: Everett Golson

Jul 4, 2014, 9:00 AM EST

Everett Golson

For all the thousands of words dedicated to Everett Golson‘s comeback, few have talked about the fact that he’s still very much a quarterback in progress. Injuries truncated a 2012 season that kept him completely out of one game and stole portions of others. A redshirt and academic impropriety took away two other season.

That’s all the football Golson has played since his record-setting prep career in South Carolina. Portions of 12 games in the last three years. So while the Irish faithful are counting on Golson to play the role of savior for the 2014 Irish, Brian Kelly is depending on another installation of the offense this summer to get the under-utilized senior up to speed.

After doing everything asked of him in his season away from campus and looking the part of a heroic prodigal son returning, now comes the fun part: Seeing if Golson can do it.

Let’s take a closer look at Everett Golson.

 

EVERETT GOLSON
6’0″, 200 lbs.
Senior, No. 5

 

RECRUITING PROFILE

Notre Dame came into the game late with Golson, helping the quarterback walk away from a commitment to North Carolina to pick the Irish over the Tar Heels, Florida, Georgia, Michigan and Ohio State. Those offers are better than the three-star ranking Rivals gave him, and it was clear Kelly and the Irish staff were enthralled with Golson, the first prototype quarterback Kelly had recruited to his staff.

After enrolling early, here’s what Kelly said about landing Golson on Signing Day.

“He was a player that we felt was a great fit for what we want to do offensively. I think you’ll see that,” Kelly said. “Where we tried to distinguish the quarterback position is we didn’t want a guy that at first sight of any problems would drop his eyes and run. Here’s a guy that keeps his eyes up and is always looking downfield to make a play. That’s extending the play. He extends the play and delivers the football as well as anybody that we had watched. And I think you’ll see that in the way he plays the game.”

While Golson saw the field in the Blue-Gold game, he didn’t for any of his freshman season in 2011, with Tommy Rees taking the starting job from Dayne Crist at halftime of the opener.

 

PLAYING CAREER

Freshman Season (2011): Did not play. Saved a year of eligibility.

Sophomore Season (2012): Led Notre Dame to the BCS title game, starting 11 games while appearing in 12 (he missed the BYU game with a head injury). Was the first quarterback in team history to beat two Top 10-ranked foes on the road.

Completely 58.8 percent of his throws for 12 touchdowns and six interceptions, while also adding six rushing touchdowns to lead the Irish. Joined Joe Theismann and Jarious Jackson as the only quarterbacks in Irish history to throw for 2,000 yards and run for 300 yards in the same season.

Junior Season (2013): An academic honor code violation expelled Golson for the fall semester. He lost the year of eligibility.

 

UPSIDE POTENTIAL

There is still plenty of this for Golson, though he’ll need to make up for the missed year of development. That’s the shame of a lost 2013, keeping Golson from taking strides after a successful 2012 season that had him do some athletically gifted things while also successfully managing the football game.

From a pure upside potential point of view, Golson isn’t the biggest quarterback and he’s not the fastest, either. He’s not going to light up a stopwatch and run a 4.5, and at six-foot in two-inch cleats (at best) he’s not going to turn NFL scouts’ heads as a physical specimen.

But saying all that, he’s still the most intriguing offensive weapon on the Irish roster. At his best (where we briefly saw him in 2012), he’s the perfect trigger man for Kelly’s offense. He’s got an arm that can challenge any defense vertically, while also showing the mobility and nimbleness that can pick up a first down with his feet.

In many ways, Golson is the perfect quarterback at Notre Dame from an earlier era. Athleticism and competitiveness aren’t a question, even if they play better on Saturdays than Sunday.

 

CRYSTAL BALL

If Golson can get through Michigan without losing a game, it’s going to be interesting to see just how good the Irish offense gets. Because the supporting cast is the best of the Kelly era, and gives Golson gifted running backs and receivers, even if the pass-catchers are still a bit raw.

Golson will still be susceptible to scheme — with defensive coordinators likely game-planning for him now in a way they didn’t as a redshirt freshman. But armed with a bigger playbook and the ability to share the load with a competent running game and receiver depth, Golson should be able to take advantage of his point guard roots, serving as a true facilitator in the Irish offense.

How good can his stats be? After watching Kelly’s quarterbacks underwhelm these past four seasons, a big statistical year could be just what the Irish offense ordered, especially when it comes to equalizing a youthful defense. Whether it’s playing at pace or just fundamentally sound football, Golson’s now the face of the Irish football program.

And now he’s got to prove he can live up to the reputation.

 

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  1. NotreDan - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Isn’t Michigan the second game?

    Anyway… I see great things for EG this year. The best part, hopefully, of his season off; attitude improvement.

  2. fnc111 - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    He isn’t 6’0 tall. Anybody that goes to the player walk knows he is about 5’9.

    Would’ve loved to see Kelly go after Wes Lunt last year. I think he ended up transferring to Illinois.

    • bernhtp - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      Reading comprehension, fnc.

      “six-foot in two-inch cleats (at best) “

  3. fnc111 - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Heavy doses of Bryant and Folston can get ND off to a 2-0 start to the season. I really think game #2 will show us who the real coach Kelly is. Have a rusty QB tossing the ball around all night? Or, have your beast running backs run all over Meatchicken?

    By the time October rolls around Golson will be ready to do it all, I believe.

    • sjb198 - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      Good post! Keep it up.

    • danirish - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      I’m with you here. I hope to see a good dose of Bryant and Folston all year to get us to 12-0!

      “Meatchicken!” Now that cracks me up!

      GO IRISH!

    • bernhtp - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      Wow! Is this the 37th remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers?

  4. irishmob89 - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    This is it, folks. It’s time for Kelly to live up to his high scoring tempo spread reputation. This is year 5, and he has all his recruits and plenty of weapons. It starts with Everett Golson. He has all the physical tools you want in a spread quarterback, and even better, he has plenty of weapons around him along with a solid offensive line. If we sputter through the season only averaging 24 or 25 points a game, Kelly will have some SERIOUS explaining to do. It’s time to spread it out, push the tempo, spread it around to DaVaris Daniels, Corey Robinson, Chris Brown, Will Fuller, CJ Prosise, Amir Carlisle, and feed the ball to Tarean Folston and Greg Bryant. I’m expecting an explosive high scoring offense this season. And please, please, please improve in the red zone!!! This is the season that will tell us a lot about Brian Kelly.

    • wisner74 - Jul 4, 2014 at 6:48 PM

      I like your post, mob, but I think we have already learned quite a bit about Kelly. Many will disagree — and have done so in the past — but I think that in the ’12 and ’13 seasons taken together BK turned in nothing short of an amazing performance.

      Of course, going 12-0 was impressive — any third grader can tell you that. But the back story is equally impressive: BK managed to lead the Irish to that result while juggling two almost diametrically-opposite quarterbacks.

      Seriously, can you name another team in the history of college football that had two such different QBs play so much football in the same season (never mind have so much success while doing so)? Rees had a mediocre arm and lead feet, but was brainy and steady. Golson has a cannon for an arm and is nimble of foot, but in ’12 still had a lot to learn and tended to get rattled, as many young QBs can.

      BK not only juggled those two, but managed to bring Golson very far down the road in his development. Look back on EG in the Michigan game early in the season, and compare that player to the one who QB’d ND in the NC game. That tells you all you need to know about Brian Kelly as a coach and teacher.

      In ’13, AFTER spring practice, BK gets thrown about as big of a curve ball as a coach can face — the QB whom he had worked so hard to develop and was counting on as the very center of his offense was suspended. Facing a very tough schedule, BK still managed to go 9-4 with Rees, who, again, is about as different of a player from EG as could be imagined.

      Short of winning the NC, which of course we all want to see, what more do you need to see from the man before you’re happy with him?

      • mtflsmitty - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:32 PM

        I think you make some good points here, Wisner. Though I think some feel the flip flopping between QBs was a mistake. I was at the Purdue game in 2012, astonished to see Rees come in when Goldstein sputtered, ashamed when Rees was booed.

        Though we had some very good fortune in 2012 to go 12-0. We had some equally bad luck in 2011. Fortunately time has begun to cloud my memory a bit. I can’t recall of it was Wood or Riddick fumbled at the goal line. Sadly, I cannot forget the ball bouncing off the helmet of a wide-open TJJones at the 3 yard line for what would have been a game winning TD. 2-3 other bizarre mishaps that year cost us at least two games.

        OK. Back to Independence Day festivities.

      • nudeman - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:38 PM

        We’ll … I get your point ….. but think you’re overrating BK’s coaching, particularly the game day coaching.
        Many. Many, many questionable in-game decisions which have been well chronicled here and I won’t repeat.
        And it’s not a stretch to say he cost them some games. I think BK is a terrific CEO/Progrm Builder, don’t get me wrong. And seems to get the most out of his talent. But on Saturday … average.

        As far as two diametrically opposed QBs, I don’t find that all that amazing or unusual. And Rees’ mental genius was vastly overrated. (Sorry, couldn’t let you get away with that, wis)

      • wisner74 - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:58 PM

        Smitty, I was also at Purdue in ’12, and I share your discomfort with Rees being booed. I thought it was disgraceful. Odd, though, that you mention that right after saying that the flip-flopping of QBs was sometimes a mistake. There’s a very good chance that ND would have lost that game if Kelly had not gone to his bullpen.

        The goal line fumble — are you talking about the fumble returned for a TD by South Florida? I think that was Jonas Gray. Same thing happened several games later when Dayne Crist fumbled a snap against USC. The Irish were clawing their way back into that game until that play. It was all over after that.

        Nude, up to your old tricks again, eh? I called Rees “brainy” not a genius. I have no idea how many game-day decisions BK has made that were questionable. Then again, I doubt any of us actually know what goes into that kind of decision-making. So it’s fair to say that we don’t know how many game-day decisions he’s made that were pure genius either.

      • ndgoldandblue - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:34 PM

        Wis, was it a curve ball? Sure. I’ll give you that. But it was more of a hanging curve ball than a Bert Blyleven 12-to-6 kneebuckler. BK had supreme confidence in Tommy, and he even suggested that the 2013 version of the Irish offense would score more points than the 2012 version, even with Rees as his quarterback. Don’t get me wrong, he probably wasn’t happy with what happened with Golson, but he had a LOT of faith in Tommy. Now, if Golson had gotten suspended and BK had to rely on Hendrix, then I’d agree that Kelly would have been feeling very unsure of his chances for success last year.

      • wisner74 - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:54 PM

        NDgold — What BK said about Rees and what he actually believed in his heart are probably two different things. I don’t doubt that he had confidence in TR, but supreme confidence? . . . extremely doubtful.

        One thing I learned twenty-or-so years ago watching Lou Holtz and trying to figure out why he said some of the seemingly-goofy things he did say is that smart coaches when speaking on the record are thinking more about what their players are going to hear than what the media or the fans are going to hear. Smart coaches are thinking first and foremost about how the players will react to what they say.

        BK had absolutely no option but TR last year. None. Zero. Zippo. If he lost TR, either through injury, bad attitude, CRISIS IN CONFIDENCE, . . . whatever, the season would have been an absolute f’ing disaster. BK had to do everything he could to protect TR, physically, mentally, emotionally. Period. He had no choice and truth be damned.

        That’s why you heard so many hosannas from BK about TR last year. That’s why the Irish didn’t run the ball as well as they could have last season — the line spent an inordinate amount of time practicing pass blocking last season. How many times did Rees get sacked? That kind of excellence doesn’t happen by accident, and the Irish desperately needed to keep Rees healthy. But it had a cost; the run game suffered.

        Scariest moment of the ’13 season bar none: when TR didn’t get up after a hard hit (maybe it was a sack) during the SC game. Fortunately, we only needed to watch Hendrix for a few plays before TR got back in the game.

      • irishmob89 - Jul 5, 2014 at 12:07 AM

        Good points, wisner, and I agree with everything you said. But I think there’s a lot left to learn about Brian Kelly before I can determine if I’m happy with him. Up to this point of the Kelly era, I’m very pleased with how he’s restored the program, but there’s still a lot I want to see from Coach Kelly. I want to see him consistently make BCS games and not only that, win them. So far, he doesn’t have a good track record in BCS games. There was the National Championship from this season, and I believe his Cincinnati teams went 0-2 (though he didn’t coach the Sugar Bowl).

        Kelly has proven he has the ability to win big games. In 2012, the win at Oklahoma was huge. The fact that he’s 3-1 against USC is very impressive and he’s pretty much dominated Michigan State since he’s been here. It took a fluke fake field goal for Dantonio to steal in in 2010. So in that regard, Brian Kelly has shown me he is a damn good coach and has he ability to win big games. He knows how to keep his team focused and pay attention to detail. The way he kept them grounded and focused all through 2012 was impressive. But he has yet to show me he can consistently make it to BCS games and consistently win 10 games. If Kelly can begin to do that over the next few years, then I’ll be thrilled. But 8 win seasons and trips to the Sun Bowl, Pinstripe Bowl, and Champs Sports Bowl won’t cut it at Notre Dame. Kelly is a great coach, no doubt. But he has to prove to me that he can accomplish what the likes of Saban and Meyer have done…win championships and consistently go to BCS games. I believe he can, but he has to prove it.

      • nudeman - Jul 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        wis
        I think Kelly is a GOOD coach. I won’t go GREAT just yet.
        I would say he is a GREAT program builder and recruiter.

        The pass against Tulsa, the empty sets at the goal line (that rarely work and end up in blowing time outs), shuffling in QBs in the red zone against USC that contributed to Crist’s fumble, flat out giving up on the run so many times, a 50 yd FG try into the wind against Pitt, throwing 50 passes against UM with a QB like Rees, the final drive against Stanford last year where they’re moving the ball nicely with medium length passes and runs then he calls a bomb with a QB who can’t throw a bomb, the 10 long passes against MSU on 3rd and short, etc. ALL of those resulted in unnecessary losses except MSU.

        There’s more but you get my point I’m sure. He has been erratic in his game day decision making. Period. It’s like there’s a need to show people how smart he is.

        He needs to be more like Lou and less like the old AFL.

      • mtflsmitty - Jul 5, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        Wis,

        Re “flip-flopping”: I was saying “some feel the flip-flopping between QBs was a mistake”. I actually don’t count myself among them. Was suggesting others do. Had no idea at the time Nude would provide a renewed example of said opinion.

        Nude, I tend not to agree with your discontent with BK as a game day coach. Kinda feels like Monday morning QBing. But I think your position is defensible (I’m sure you’ll sleep better, eh?). I think you have a fair and balanced (hate that Fox has co-oped that phrase) view on BK.

      • wisner74 - Jul 5, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        Sorry, Smitty, I misread your post. I will never forget that Purdue game. I’ve visited this site for many year, but never posted a comment until after that game. I was very upset about that.

        Nude, can’t disagree with any of your points. I do think Kelly has learned and adapted quite a bit since his first year or two. I’ve always harbored this hope that Kelly was covering for Rees re that Tulsa interception, i.e. Rees saw he had Floyd in single coverage and just went for it. His shuttling of Crist/Hendrix/Crist inside the SC five yard line was just nuts, and I have no doubt that you’re right that it contributed to the fumbled snap. I could never, ever, understand why anyone would put Rees in an empty backfield. I also agree BK does seem to give up on the run early even when it seems to be working.

  5. nudeman - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Keith, good point here. Though it seems like he’s been at ND a decade, he’s only played one year.
    While Golson at his worst will still be an upgrade, I can’t get over the fact that he seems so immature and lacking in focus at times. Latest example was the BG game where you’d have thought after what he’d been through he would have come out and played lights out. Any rust should have been more than offset by his passion and the fact that this was a scrimmage where he couldn’t get sacked.

    Wrong. Made some decent plays but overall played poorly.
    Threw the ball all over the place – high, wide, short. I am not 100% convinced that his maturity and leadership skills match his athletic ability.

    Zaire might be closer to seeing the field than we realize.

    • onward2victory - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      I think Golsons shown a lot maturity over the past year. What he went through was incredibly embarrassing and high profile. But he owned it, didn’t run and transfer, and did everything we could have hoped. Yah he looked bad in the BG game, but let’s not forget that that’s just a practice with weird rules, back ups playing significant minutes, and vanilla play calling. Golson is a gamer and plays his best when the stakes are high. I expect a huge season and don’t think his maturity (or lack there of) will be an issue.

      • irishdog80 - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:18 PM

        I agree. Golson is a gamer that makes plays that Kelly doesn’t draw up. It will be interesting to see the difference an improved offensive line and a roster full of emerging playmakers around him makes for Golson. The spread offense is all about identifying and exploiting mismatches in open space. I have to believe that Golson will have plenty of open space and at least a couple of mismatches.

        Michigan will be the first real test. If Golson lights up Michigan, look out. We could be in for a very entertaining season.

      • nudeman - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        onward,
        I can’t disagree with any of that. He handled this about as well as it could be handled

        Maybe what I’m saying is this:
        Golson is a gifted athlete who can and will play some great football at ND. However he’s prone to lapses in attention and focus.

        We’ve seen him as a soph blow BK off on the sidelines (you just don’t do that as a QB), forget his helmet and leave it on the field after the 2013 BG game, struggle with the playbook, and come out totally unprepared for the 2012 UM game.

        I don’t think that stuff just disappears because he’s a year older. He’ll still find the classroom to be a challenge, it will take more energy and time for him than it would for a more gifted student or a QB in the SEC, and to some degree his football prep will suffer. Maybe a little/maybe a lot.

        I’m not busting on him at all – just making some honest observations. I like EG a LOT and think he represents the single biggest upgrade of any position on the team this year. Can’t wait to see him play.

      • onward2victory - Jul 4, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        Yah that makes sense Nude. He doesn’t seem to have the natural leadership characteristics that you would want from your QB, but overall I think he’ll be just fine. You’re right, though, he’ll have to stay extremely focused throughout the season. Same could be said for Malik tho.

      • ibleedirish - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:29 AM

        Nude, I understand your concerns re: Golson, in fact I share them. But, just to address the BG game, from now on, I’ve taken to reminding myself of one thing when judging BG game results: that in the 2012 version of the game, GA3 looked like the best running back on the field. By far. So now, the BG game for me is purely entertainment, I expect no long term indications of future performance.

    • danirish - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      No matter what, Zaire will see the field. I believe you will see “packages” in the red zone maybe?

      GO IRISH!

    • wisner74 - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:09 PM

      Nude, I worry about the same things you do re Golson. But I do like to think his performance in the BG game was primarily due to rust. I certainly hope so!

      If you look back on ’12, by mid-season that kid was playing quite well. I was at Soldier Field when the Irish embarrassed Miami. He played lights out. He’s capable of that, and I really expect (hope) to see it this fall.

      If not, . . . well, Zaire did look damn good in the BG game, didn’t he?

      • nudeman - Jul 5, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        Yes on Zaire. But I’m not ready to give him the keys just yet.
        I really want Golson to take that next step this year.

  6. oldschoollyons - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Golson is talented and clearly has the potential to improve. It takes more to be “heroic,” though, than just returning after getting himself expelled from the University for cheating. It would also be inconsistent with Notre Dame’s core values to call a person “the face of the Irish football program” after he was expelled for dishonesty.

    It is enough to say he will start at quarterback, and Notre Dame’s success this season will be greatly affected by how much he has been able to learn and how he plays when the chips are down.

    • wisner74 - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      Oldschool – Redemption and forgiveness are deeply embedded in the Catholic tradition. I think we should forgive him and be behind him as he endeavors to earn his way back.

  7. johngaltisspeaking - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    golsen the entire state of notre dame football is weighing on your shoulders. either get it done or shrug.

    • wisner74 - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      A surprisingly terse comment from you, Galt. But I have to say, I chuckled and gave you a thumbs up. Maybe you could write a sequel called “Golson Shrugged.” What do you think?

    • 1historian - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      ‘Golson Shrugged’

      Sounds like a book.

      Need a laugh? (who doesn’t?)

      Google ‘Cat herders commercial’

  8. jerseyshorendfan1 - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Off the subject but Sykes to IU. Does this make sense to anyone?

    • onward2victory - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      Someone mentioned ACT scores on this board I think (total speculation). But that theory seems to make sense. He gets admitted under the pretense that he can get a certain score, and when he fails to make the grade, the school denies his acceptance. To spare him from the embarrassment and keep it low profile so to not scare off other recruits, Kelly and co. released him from his NLI. Makes sense to me, but like I said it’s pure 100% speculation.

      Either that or he’s got a sick cat in Bloomington and received the annual Vanderdoes hardship waiver.

      • wisner74 - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        . . . As opposed to pure 99% speculation?

      • nudeman - Jul 5, 2014 at 12:19 PM

        Actually I think Bern had the best answer. There was probably some sort of mistake either on the kid’s part (in terms of what he was supposed to get done with his academics before enrolling) or possibly even on Admissions’ part. So his speculation was they gave him a gracious exit, put out the story line that he wasn’t comfortable at ND, and let him out of his commitment.

        Of all the things I’ve read that’s what makes most sense.

      • bernhtp - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:46 AM

        Admissions makes it clear what the expectations are. Whether the rising student responds appropriately is the issue.

        ACT scores would not be an issue at this point. That is sorted out before the LOI is accepted. The exception is if the veracity of a score comes into question – e.g., a very good score after a series of extremely low ones – and a retest becomes required after some investigation. I’ll let you figure out where that situation scenario might apply. But even this would have been long resolved by summer.

      • texasirishfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        I would guess that he is failing or severely struggling in this summer session. He was probably accepted academically by the skin of his teeth and then proved it was a mistake. Everyone just moves on now. No harm no foul. ND can better use his scholarship elsewhere.

      • bernhtp - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        Bingo. My belief as well.

      • wisner74 - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:08 PM

        Well, if we had to lose a Nile or Nyles from the Chicago area, we lost the right kid.

        Today’s Chicago Sun-Times suggested that Sykes was better suited to play in a 3-4 scheme than a 4-3, and that factor may have played into his decision.

      • 1historian - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:22 AM

        He’s an 18 year old kid. A little slack, Notre Dame men.

    • dudeacow - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      The fact that the University so quickly granted his release makes me think that academically he was unable to attend. Once they both realized that it wasn’t going to work, they decided to part ways with ND giving him the best chance to succeed by granting him immediate eligibility. The only strange thing is that he was an actual student at the time and had been on campus for a couple weeks. It’s all really confusing, so let’s just be happy it wasn’t Morgan (although I was extremely excited for Sykes’ athleticism and ceiling).

  9. onward2victory - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Interesting that Golson and Rees were both 3 star recruits.

    • wisner74 - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      Golson would have been at least a four-star, and probably a five-star, recruit if he were 6’2″ or taller. His HS production was unbelievable.

      • onward2victory - Jul 5, 2014 at 2:56 AM

        Yah and Tommy would have been a four star if he could throw a laser and run a 4.5. Granted, Golson should have been rated much higher than Tommy, but the fact is that they were both 3 star recruits. It’s something to keep in mind as we keep racking up 3 stars in the 2015 class.

    • dudeacow - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      Yes, but Golson was a three-star being recruited by Ohio State while Rees was a three-star being recruited by Central Michigan. Ooh, Bowling Green was in the race too!

  10. wisner74 - Jul 4, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Ticket lottery results are now available at ticketlottery.nd.edu.

  11. standingdomer - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    I think EG is poised to have a great year.In addition to mentioning weapons at WR and in the backfield, let’s not forget about the O-Line. we’ve got some great talent there that will give EG the space and time to cut through defenses and conduct his business with aplomb

  12. rossumnminor - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    With the exception of the scUM game the first month sets up for Everett to get in groove before stanford and fsu. The michigan game is my only concern performance wise as of today. Go irish

  13. bernhtp - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    The Michigan game is always a worry regardless of how bad they are because we have found ways to somehow, completely inexplicably, snatch defeat from the jaws of victory so, so many times.

    I forever will hate USC more, but this time I would love to beat Michigan by 50+ and let the vivid memory of humiliation linger with them for years without any means for redemption.

    No bitterness here, nope.

    • papadec - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      50+ over Blue? How sweet that would be, to savor & to shut The Incredible Bulks loud mouth. Emmmm – I think that thought can carry me through the Summer to SEP 6th. Yeah – I know there’s Rice on AUG 30th. But, I don’t have any ill will towards Rice. Blue – that’s another story.

    • wisner74 - Jul 5, 2014 at 12:06 AM

      Bern – We have had some problems with Michigan miracles of late, but those have been at their place. The last two games in Ann Arbor have been completely over-hyped, nationally televised night games (very rare up there). The Wolverines showed up sky high, and the fans were crazy. Three years ago Denard pulled his magic and our defense choked. Last year Rees and several others simply played too poorly to overcome an inferior but jacked-up and lucky foe.

      I think we’ll handle them without too much trouble this fall. For the most part they’ve been a paper tiger for quite awhile, and Brady Hoke is nothing special. Let’s hope they keep him for a long time, so we can enjoy their ongoing mediocrity from afar. I can’t spare much hate for Michigan, they don’t warrant it. Disdain is more like it for me.

      • dudeacow - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        Watch the final 30 seconds of the 2011, 2010, and 2009 Michigan games. I think you can find some hate for them.

    • onward2victory - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:09 AM

      To add to the discussion you guys had earlier in the comments, last years Michigan game was one of the few times that Brian Kelly has made poor in game decisions and cost ND a win. If you rewatch that game, our OL was dominating up front and we were running up the middle at will. But for whatever reason, whether it be the play calling or Tommy checking out of runs into passes, we completely abandoned the running game in the second half. Devin Gardner also played out of his mind, but I think we would have won if we just kept it on the ground.

      As for this year, I’m still nervous about Gardner playing like he’s Cam Newton, but we should beat them easily. 50+ sounds wonderful.

      • wisner74 - Jul 5, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        Onward – I remember that pretty clearly about last year’s Michigan game. I recall feeling confident that the Irish were going to win it well into the second half. That was because it did seem clear that ND was dominating the line of scrimmage. You may be right about BK’s game decisions there.

  14. irishmob89 - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    I think everyone here is making excellent points, even if there are some subtle disagreements among us. One thing we all can agree on is this, we all love Notre Dame football and we want the very best for the Irish. I think this will be the most fun team to watch of the Kelly era. There’s so much intrigue and anticipation surrounding this team. We knew what to expect with a Tommy Rees led team last season. We have a lot of young talent this season and I believe almost everyone from this team returns in 2015, so call me crazy, but if we reach 10 wins this season, a National Championship run could be on the horizon in 2015.

  15. fnc111 - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Dear schmo,

    Mathematics not your strongest area of expertise? 5’9, if that, plus two inch cleats would = 5’11. Go to a game sometime.

    Go Irish!

  16. golfboy66 - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    We’ve all waited patiently to see a BK offense dominate. This is the season it should all come together. An athletic QB with a cannon for an arm who can run as well as throw will be much harder for opposing teams to defend, a stout offensive line that could be as good as any in the country, a very talented stable of RB’s, and a receiving corps that’s deep and versatile. So no more excuses there. I also believe the defense will be fine, better than is being predicted. ND has studs to anchor the front seven and the defensive backfield. If Coach Kelly is indeed the player developer he’s supposed to be then all these kids he’s brought in should be able to contribute to a better than adequate defense. If they can rush the passer successfully using BVG’s attacking style of play it will only make our safeties and cornerbacks that much better. So we’ll wait and see……
    Also, besides a need for dramatic improvement in red zone efficiency, the absolute key to the upcoming season’s success, however, and I don’t see this addressed much, will be the play of our special teams. Other than the kicking game we’ve just been awful. Kickoff and punt coverage has been worse than pathetic. Basic football fundamentals seem non existent at times. We’ve tackled poorly, taken too many silly penalties that kill momentum and look confused when clear heads matter most. Great special teams play is not rocket science. ND has smart, talented, tough kids—there is no reason that season after season we should be be so woefully inadequate on ST’s. Special team play is all about coaching. It can’t be ignored in terms of it’s importance to a football teams success.
    If we can be dominant in this phase of the game, it could be just the answer to getting us over the hump and into the NC playoff discussion.
    Go Irish!

    • texasirishfan - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      I agree we really need to improve in the ST areas. Some of these 3-star athletes that some people are griping about could, with proper development, turn out to be ST specialists.

  17. 25kgold - Jul 5, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    I don’t always hate, but when I do: I HATE Michigan!!!

    -Stay Irish, my Friends!

  18. johngaltisspeaking - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    Brian K needs to pull through this year. This is easily his most important year at ND. I am not sure if Gilson can pull it off. he didn’t look great in the blue gold game and he certainly didn’t have great numbers in 2012. he is basically a freshman.

    • c4evr - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      Can’t believe how many here have forgotten how shaky this kid was in 2012. He showed moments of of greatness – but that was usually because he pulled the ball down at the first sign of pressure and tried to make too much happen. Now that he’s found the laces (and hopefully mastered the 3 step drop and fire), there’s hope for this season. It really comes down to BK and how comfortable he can make him feel under center. Let’s hope Kelly is the patient mentor and not the Captain Hook he was the first 2 seasons that had his QB’s playing scared.

  19. yungslimdaballa - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:45 AM

    nouta dame finna b smooth dis yea. I see dem makin a run at da chamoionship dis yea. golston a good qb

    • jerseyshorendfan1 - Jul 6, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      thumz up on da use of Golston yo

  20. dudeacow - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    I think we should go with Fiessinger.

    • bernhtp - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:50 PM

      I hear Charlie’s a gamer and football smart enough to check us out of bad plays.

      • nudeman - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:27 AM

        LOFL

  21. onbucky96 - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    With his ” academic improprieties” I bet he wishes he’d stuck with North Carolina. They tend to overlook such things down there. At least until AFTER you’ve moved on.

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