Everett Golson is expected to be named the Notre Dame starting quarterback today, according to Keith Arnold of NBC Sports, as the team prepares for its opener in Dublin, Ireland next week against Navy. Sprinting/Judo champion and turnover machine Tommy Rees is suspended and at risk of being made a permanent asterisk. Golson did have competition from hot recruit true freshman Gunner Kiel, as well as Andrew Hendrix, who played last season. This move should likely push Kiel to a redshirt year.
Golson has generated a fair amount of praise, with some saying he reminded them of a young Charlie Ward before last season when he arrived as a true freshman. Tony Rice, the national championship quarterback in 1988 and fellow South Carolinian, says that Golson will be better than him. He likely secured the job not only based on his playmaking ability as a runner in a read option spread offense, giving Kelly an element similar to how he had success at Cincinnati, but also his ball security. As we know from 2011, turnovers – often of the mind-numbing variety – were a big issue.
According to one report, Kelly stated that Golson only threw one interception in 130 attempts in camp, and was the only quarterback who did not have an interception in the spring game.