Everett Golson to Start vs. Oklahoma

Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson (5) runs with the football in game action. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the Stanford Cardinal by the score of 20-13 in overtime, at Notre Dame Stadium, in Notre Dame, IN. (Photo: Robin Alam / IconSMI)

Everett Golson sat out last week’s win over BYU after suffering concussion on the final drive in regulation against Stanford.  Despite passing the cognitive tests necessary to play against the Cougars, Brian Kelly opted to rest his first year starter and roll the dice with junior Tommy Rees.  This week, however, Golson will be under center for the Irish when they travel to Norman for Notre Dame’s showdown with #8 ranked Oklahoma.

Despite passing those cognitive test last week, Golson wasn’t able to fully participate in practice leading up to the BYU game leading Kelly to rest the sophomore in favor of Rees.  “We wanted to do that more because he hadn’t had really the opportunity to get out there and run, and we didn’t want to wait until Saturday where he’s out there and we have some setbacks,” said Kelly on Tuesday.

Notre Dame ran Golson through an intense cardio test to make sure that he would hold up on Saturday night in Norman.  “It went very well.  And he feels great, very confident,” Kelly said.  “He’s good and 100percent, and he’ll start for us against Oklahoma on Saturday.”

With Golson passing the final hurdle from the Notre Dame medical and coaching staffs, he will not be held back at all this week and will not be limited in his preparation for a tough Sooners defense – his toughest challenge to date.  “Yes, he’s full go.  He’ll be in there, and we’re preparing to start against Oklahoma.”

Golson has had an up and down first season as the starting quarterback.  He’s shown signs of turning the corner only to take some small steps backwards at times.  His best performances though, have come on the road against Michigan State and Miami.  Whether that is a coincidence or a trend is not something that Brian Kelly was willing to admit to on Tuesday.

“I don’t know.  I really don’t know in terms of home versus away,” Kelly answered when asked about Golson’s success on the road relative to his success in Notre Dame Stadium.  “I just think that he’s a lot more confident having the Michigan State underneath his belt, going through the tough time that he did at Michigan.  I just think he’s a more confident player.”

While he wouldn’t say whether or not Golson playing better on the road was a coincidence or not, he did add that his young signal caller is excited for the latest road hurdle he will be facing this weekend.  “I know this,” Kelly said.  “He’s excited about playing against Oklahoma, and we expect him to play well.”

In order for Notre Dame to leave Norman with a goose egg still in the loss column, the Irish will need Golson to do just that.  In fact, they will need Golson to turn in the best performance of his young career to return to Notre Dame with their perfect season intact.



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  1. I think the best approach for Everett Golson is he just needs to do his job.

    Run when the right oppertunity is presented.
    Pass when the defense is tilted in favor of doing so.
    Use his legs to elude the pass rush, avoid the sack, buy time for his recievers, or just live to play another down.
    Try to stay out of second, and third, and long.
    Secure the football, and make smart decisions.

    Asking a young QB only half way through is first season to do too much or carry his team on his back, on the road, in a place like Norman Oklahoma, is an aweful tall order and offten a recipe for disaster, and could ruin a young players confedence beyond Saturday’s game.

    A solid running game, recievers who can step up and make big catches, a stout defense, and a few contributions from our special teams will go a log way in easing some of the pressure off the young QB.

    Keeping things simple are offten the best approach in big games for young inexperienced QB.

    Many times, by not asking a kid to “think” or “Do” too much, it allows for his natural ability to surface and take over.

    Maybe in a year, or two, or even three, you could ask a EG to go into Oklahoma and carry his team to victory.
    But this Sturday, he will need all the help he can get!

  2. Amen to that Frank,

    And I expect EG to have a great game in Norman. If there was ever an indication we are not the same team without EG, it was definately the BYU game! Yes, we have to live with EG’s growing pains but, EG’s elite energy and talent is certainly there well insight waiting to be tapped. I do think, however, BK needs to design more exclusive plays that capitalize on EG’s elite option and running skills. We already know EG can roll out and shred defenses with his wheels or arm. A new personalized offensive package for EG to implement against OU, would definately be a great confidence builder for EG leading the Irish to victory in Norman!

    Here come the Irish!

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