There are many players who will be important for Notre Dame in 2014, but today we identify four Irish players who, individually and together, may well determine the Irish success and final record in 2014.
We here use pivotal based on the root word “Pivot:” something on which an event turns or depends. Certain players are, pretty much, known quantities. In different ways and on different levels, we know what we can expect (injuries can change this) from Jaylon Smith, Christian Lombard, Sheldon Day, Austin Collinsworth, Tarean Folston, Corey Robinson and Joe Schmidt. But the four players in this article have question marks. Each has excellence within him, but there is nothing so illusive, or frankly, elusive,as unrealized potential. They could go either way. After each player’s discussion, we’ll list the November “one-liner” for each player with both a good spin and a bad spin.
1. Everett Golson
Who is he? The rising star who took off in the second half of 2012 and then held his own against the mighty Crimson Tide? Or the guy who still had a “long way to go” in the Spring and appeared to be in a QB battle with young Malik Zaire? If there is a legit qb battle in August it will mean that Golson has not solidified his position over the “youngster” and that we will no be all we can be. But if Golson takes hold and is, early, and unequivocally, anointed as the starter, we could rise. Golson has a HIGH ceiling. He can not even come close to Marcus Mariota’s running abililty but he can be a much better passer. He spent the time with Whitfield, and his time is now!
November one liner
Good: “Everett Golson, much improved on his return to Notre Dame, continues to draw comparisons to Russel Wilson, and
will have to seriously consider the NFL draft after the season….
Bad: “Everett Golson, though holding on to the starting job in a tight battle in August with Malik Zaire appears to be adequate, but not elite……