It’s no secret the Irish offense struggled under Tommy Rees last season. With Rees at the helm Brian Kelly’s offense is severely limited due to lack of mobility at the quarterback position as well as a lack of arm strength that made moving the pocket by rolling the quarterback out and throwing on the run nearly impossible for the Irish to execute. Many of Notre Dame’s deep threats were also limited by Rees’s inability to hit open targets deep downfield. The likes of Davaris Daniels, Chris Brown, and William Fuller were unable to reach their full potential with their ability to take the top off the defense going unutilized in many games. Also sideline patterns suffer under Rees as when the ball arrives late on a timing pattern it can be broken up or intercepted, while even if the receiver makes the play his time and space to make a defender miss is minimal.
With Golson back under center this upcoming season the offense should blossom. Davaris Daniels is the man now with the departure of T.J. Jones to the NFL, a task he should be up to as he and Golson have shown excellent chemistry in the past. Golson’s ability to get Daniels the ball anywhere on the field should lead to the Illinois receiver’s biggest season yet. Chris Brown is also ready to take the next step as a junior and he’s the deep threat that could open up the field for the Irish and combined with Golson’s excellent arm strength big numbers could be in order. Golson will also help the largely young and inexperienced receivers tremendously as Fuller and Cory Robinson will see their roles increase as well as incoming freshman Corey Holmes and Justin Brent being expected to contribute immediately.
Golson will be entering his second season as the Irish starter. After leading the Irish to the national championship game as a redshirt freshman the South Carolina native was suspended for the 2013 season. Although that is a setback, Golson spent last season under the tutelage of renowned quarterback coach George Whitfield Jr. honing his game and adding size and strength to his frame. The suspension will also allow Golson to be a impart wisdom to his young playmakers on what it’s like being a student-athlete at Notre Dame and the consequences of not living up to those responsibilities, increasing his leadership role.
Golson will return to game action this August as a more mature quarterback, and with the handcuffs off Brian Kelly the Irish offense should be extremely potent. Golson’s confidence will be reflected in the offenses play as with him at the reins everyone from the offensive lineman to the receivers know the only need to do their job as the quarterback can hold his own and make plays for himself and his teammates.