Golson takes RG3’s words to heart before second start

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly recalls a very lost Everett Golson coming into his office last winter and asking what he needed to do to get better.

The Myrtle Beach native was feeling a bit out of his climate in more ways than one on the chilly campus in South Bend, Ind. For the first time in his young and charmed life, everything he touched was not turning to gold.

Kelly, never one to miss a chance to motivate, gave the struggling freshman quarterback some words of encouragement and some homework: Google “Robert Griffith III Heisman Trophy acceptance speech” and listen.

“What I talked about was that playing the quarterback position at Notre Dame is more than just what you do on the field,” Kelly recalled at Tuesday’s weekly press conference.

“I used Robert Griffin as a great example as an ambassador of college football. I said, ‘Listen, all you have to do is take a look at his Heisman acceptance speech and how he was able to articulate his experience and how it was more than just playing the game.’ ”

Not exactly “Win one for the Gipper,” but the former Baylor star turned Washington Redskins’ words must have struck a chord with the rocket-armed QB who led Myrtle Beach to two state championships. Golson now bears little resemblance to the rookie who walked out of the coach’s office that day. Six months later, he is the starting quarterback for the Fighting Irish and getting better every day.

Golson won the four-way QB battle in spring and summer workouts, aided by the suspension of returning starter Tommy Rees. But he solidified it Saturday by leading Notre Dame to a 50-10 win over Navy. Golson completed 12 of his 18 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw an interception and made a few other rookie mistakes. But those are to be expected from a kid making his first start in Ireland.

“Oh, there’s so many things that he has to improve upon, but they are items that we feel really confident that he already has a good grasp on and will continue to evolve and then there are things that we have to continue to work on with him on a day to day basis,” Kelly said.

“This is a process for Everett. This will be a continuation week to week of growing as a quarterback. I guess what I like the most in the big picture sense was his comfortable place out on the field. He did not seem overwhelmed at any time. He was extremely communicative when he got to the sideline. He could tell me what was going on. Those are all big picture, good things, after game one.”

Still, it was enough for Kelly to stick with Golson for at least one more Saturday, when the Irish play host to Purdue and redshirt freshman gets his first chance to play a real game at the Golden Dome.

“I’m glad I got that first game out of the way,” Golson said. “Now for me it’s more settling down and trying to lead this team and be the quarterback for Notre Dame.”

Who knows?  At the rate he is improving over the course of the next four years, Golson someday may be making a Heisman acceptance speech of his own.

Comments

comments

Socastee boys cap sweep; girls fall to set table for CF

Socastee boys cap sweep; girls fall to set table for CFA tough loss for Socastee set up a big contest [more]

Chants drop series opener to GSU in home run derby

Chants drop series opener to GSU in home run derbyThere were five combined runs scored on five combined solo [more]

Gordon breaks goal record against coach's alma mater

Gordon breaks goal record against coach's alma materMyrtle Beach senior striker Tristan Gordon scored an historic hat [more]

Chiefs claim second seed with win over Seahawks

Chiefs claim second seed with win over SeahawksThe North Myrtle Beach High baseball team wrapped up second [more]

Lacrosse: Season ends for St. James, Carolina Forest

Lacrosse: Season ends for St. James, Carolina ForestThe local high school lacrosse season came to an end [more]

Soccer: MB boys top NMB; Lady Saints win home finale

Soccer: MB boys top NMB; Lady Saints win home finaleThe Myrtle Beach boys soccer team completed a clean sweep [more]

Lady Seahawks win region in tiebreaker with SJ, NMB

Lady Seahawks win region in tiebreaker with SJ, NMBThe Myrtle Beach High girls softball team captured the region [more]

Seahawks down Chiefs for North Coastal tourney title

Seahawks down Chiefs for North Coastal tourney titleIt took more than a month to complete the North [more]

Coastal drops wild one to UNCW in walk-off fashion

Coastal drops wild one to UNCW in walk-off fashionCoastal Carolina scored one run in the top of the [more]

Local student-athletes get in Special Olympics spirit

Local student-athletes get in Special Olympics spiritJosh Brown has a knack for throwing tennis balls. The North [more]

With 266 combined goals, Gordon, Mueller share one

With 266 combined goals, Gordon, Mueller share oneRecords were meant to be broken, not ignored. Despite being [more]

Lacrosse: CF girls net win; St. James sweeps openers

Lacrosse: CF girls net win; St. James sweeps openersThe Carolina Forest girls lacrosse team hosted a playoff game [more]

Softball: CF's McGovern, MB's Bodge hurl 1-hitters

Softball: CF's McGovern, MB's Bodge hurl 1-hittersCatie McGovern threw a complete game one-hit shutout to lead [more]

Baseball: Conway's Smith, SJ's Bray deliver shutouts

Baseball: Conway's Smith, SJ's Bray deliver shutoutsConway junior Will Smith pitched his second straight complete-game shutout [more]

Soccer: MB sweeps 'Dogs; Braves blow past Panthers

Soccer: MB sweeps 'Dogs; Braves blow past PanthersThe Myrtle Beach girls soccer team wrapped up the Region [more]

Tennis: Seahawks sweep Warriors; CF falls to Bruins

Tennis: Seahawks sweep Warriors; CF falls to BruinsMyrtle Beach's lone senior celebrated Senior Day by taking part [more]

Three Pelicans employees mark 20th year on the job

Three Pelicans employees mark 20th year on the jobBaseball is more than America’s pastime for a trio of [more]

Monday Wrapup: MB gets wins in softball, golf, tennis

Monday Wrapup: MB gets wins in softball, golf, tennisThe Myrtle Beach softball team knocked off North Myrtle Beach [more]

Soccer: MB claims region; Braves edge Chiefs in PKs

Soccer: MB claims region; Braves edge Chiefs in PKsThe Myrtle Beach boys soccer team clinched its fifth consecutive [more]

Local girls hoops stars join forces to net Big Shots title

Local girls hoops stars join forces to net Big Shots titleThe Confidence Cougars out of Horry County captured the championship [more]

Record 7 county lacrosse teams make state playoffs

Record 7 county lacrosse teams make state playoffsFor the first time in local lacrosse history, seven Horry [more]

Chants sweep Saturday doubleheader with Troy

Chants sweep Saturday doubleheader with TroyAfter clawing its way to a 3-2 come-from-behind win in [more]

Soccer: Panthers run past Bruins; Lady Chiefs win

Soccer: Panthers run past Bruins; Lady Chiefs winDown by a goal in the waning minutes of Friday’s [more]

Softball: Chiefs top Tigers; Panthers rally past Braves

Softball: Chiefs top Tigers; Panthers rally past BravesCarolina Forest's Catie McGovern pitched a complete game six-hitter to [more]

Baseball: Socastee, NMB post big region shutouts

Baseball: Socastee, NMB post big region shutoutsSocastee's Dylan Kuehne pitched a complete game shutout to defeat [more]

Socastee boys cap sweep; girls fall to set table for CF

Socastee boys cap sweep; girls fall to set table for CFA tough loss for Socastee set up a big contest [more]

Chants drop series opener to GSU in home run derby

Chants drop series opener to GSU in home run derbyThere were five combined runs scored on five combined solo [more]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© 2017 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach