MB’s Golson has good day in Notre Dame spring game

Former Myrtle Beach High star quarterback Everett Golson made a strong case for earning Notre Dame’s starting quarterback job at Saturday’s Blue-Gold Game in South Bend, Ind.

Golson threw for more yardage and touchdowns than the other four first-string quarterback candidates, completing 11 of 15 passes for 120 yards and three touchdowns, and he was the only Irish QB not to throw an interception.

Playing in an offense vs. defense format which saw the defense earn a 42-31 victory, all Irish eyes were the wide-open quarterback battle between returning starters Andrew Hendrix and Tommy Rees, who shared the role last season, Golson and highly touted freshman Gunner Keil.

In addition to having more completions, attempts and yards than Rees (7-14-84), Hendrix (4-9-51) and Kiel (5-10-57), Golson also had more snaps (31) than Rees (26) and Hendrix (15). Kiel played only the second half.

Although Golson was the clear winner among fans, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly sounded less than impressed with the redshirt freshman’s performance after the spring game, or perhaps he was just playing it close to the vest.

“The quarterback position, as I mentioned to you before, is the art and science,” Kelly said. “In putting both the art and the science together, he’s very creative. The art part he’s got down. It’s the science and the consistency, all of those things to be a championship quarterback.”

The art/science analogy wasn’t news to Golson, who was aware of his coach’s concerns before and after the game. Still, he hopes the spring game was just one step toward leading the Irish offense onto the field next fall.

“Coach Kelly has made it apparent to me that I have developed the art of (the quarterback position) but the science is still something I have to work on,” Golson said.

“I feel that I kind of put myself into the race. If I had to assess the day I would say it was average. I made some good plays, but there are still some things that I have to clean up.”

Photo courtesy of ND Athletics

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