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Notre Dame names Everett Golson as starting quarterback

Everett Golson hasn't seen the field since loss to Alabama
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Despite a one year hiatus, Everett Golson is back as Notre Dame’s starting quarterback. After Wednesday morning’s practice, Brian Kelly announced that the Golson will be the starting during the post practice press conference.

When Golson takes the field against Rice on August 30, it will be his first game action since the loss to Alabama in the 2012 BCS title game. As a Freshman, Everett Golson was poised enough to help lead Notre Dame to an undefeated regular season.

However, he was suspended for a semester for academic violations. Now it looks like Everett Golson will have a fresh start for the Fighting Irish.

According to, Kelly favored Golson’s leadership ever since his return to the Notre Dame campus. In 2012, he was (10-1) as a starter with the lone loss coming in the BCS Championship.

Everett Golson was in a battle with sophomore Malik Zaire for the quarterback position. Brian Kelly stated that Zaire wasn’t thrilled with the decision to go with the proven quarterback. While there are no plans to use a two quarterback system, Kelly has not been opposed to playing two quarterbacks whenever a spark was needed.

Kelly was happy with Zaire’s disappointment, but they better hope it doesn’t divide the team in some way. If there is a split in the locker room, it could be detrimental to the overall success of Notre Dame’s season.

According to Golson, he knew he was going to be named starter on Monday, but he kept it a secret until the official announcement was made. Not only will Everett Golson’s leadership be valued, but there is a reason why he has such a gaudy record.

Barring a major incident, Everett Golson will be the quarterback for the final Michigan game in September. Without Golson last season, the Irish lost 41-30 under the lights.

On paper it looks like Notre Dame has to navigate a difficult schedule. Notre Dame has five teams on the schedule ranked in preseason polls.


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