Heisman Trophy talk builds around MB native Golson

NCAA Football: Purdue at Notre DameNotre Dame football crowds are growing louder as quarterback Everett Golson continues to amaze, and so is the Heisman Trophy hype surrounding him.

The former Myrtle Beach High standout worked more magic Saturday night to keep the No. 9-ranked Fighting Irish undefeated at 3-0. After Notre Dame struggled against Purdue at LP Field in the first half, Golson put the team on his back and carried it to a 30-14 victory.

Golson completed 25 of 40 passes for 259 yards with two touchdown passes while showing he can also get it done on the ground. He ran 18 times for 56 yards and one touchdown, a 15-yard scramble just before halftime that erase the Irish’s first deficit this season.

That brings his season total to seven passing TDs, four rushing TDs and, perhaps most impressive of all, zero interceptions. The Heisman whispers that started with his five-TD thrashing of Rice and grew into murmurs when he waxed Michigan have are now open for conversation.

“If you want to put his name on the list, that’s fine,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly told reporters of Golson’s ability to handle the Heisman hype. “It’s not going to influence what we need to do to get better at that position, what he needs to do.”

Like his side-stepping moves against the Boilermakers, Golson is taking the Heisman hype in stride. Those who remember him from his Myrtle Beach days know that he is a perfectionist who measures himself by his own standards, not by awards.

“I want to be great. I expect a lot of myself, just in my preparation and my performance,” Golson told reporters in response to the inevitable Heisman questions. “If the Heisman may come, then it comes. That is a byproduct of what I expect out of myself.”

Golson and the Irish get a week off to work on improvement before traveling to Syracuse on Sept. 27.

Photo courtesy of UND Athletics

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