College Football: Quarterback Everett Golson meeting ‘expectations’ for Irish
By LaMond Pope email@example.com or 713-2691 Twitter: @lamondpope April 4, 2014 10:48PM
FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2012, file photo, Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson celebrates after scoring the winning touchdown in the third overtime period against Pittsburgh in an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind. The rankings say Notre Dame is No. 1 going into the BCS championship against Alabama. Plenty of folks aren't buying it, starting with the oddsmakers who currently have the Crimson Tide as about a touchdown favorite for the Jan. 7 meeting in Miami between two of college football's proudest programs. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
Updated: May 6, 2014 6:14AM
SOUTH BEND — Everett Golson was “very anxious” on March 3 while participating in Notre Dame’s first practice of the spring.
“It was kind of a big moment for me to be back out there,” Golson said Friday.
One month later, and with 11 practices under his belt, the quarterback is feeling more comfortable.
“Now I’ve settled down and honed into my craft, what coach (Brian) Kelly wants to do with the offense and what we are trying to accomplish this year,” Golson said.
Golson’s progression has been one of the major storylines this spring for the Irish. He missed the entire 2013 season because of a suspension tied to academics.
“Expectations for me were more than anything else, attention to detail, taking care of his academics and making sure he was a good teammate. I think he’s met all those expectations,” Kelly said. “The football, he was a year away from it, and what we’re doing this year is new math for him. I knew there would be a learning curve there and I think he’s making really good progress from that standpoint. He’s met those expectations.
“… I think the team has embraced him. He’s got an obviously likeable personality. Everett has never been a polarizing figure within our football program other than he’s the quarterback at Notre Dame. He’s well liked, he works hard, he’s respected by his teammates. He’s still learning, from my perspective, at the quarterback position.”
Kelly hasn’t named a starting quarterback, leading to a duel with Malik Zaire.
“It’s competitive, but at the same time it’s not about showing any animosity toward one another,” Golson said. “It’s all about helping each other by being competitive at the same time.”
Golson continues to build a relationship with new targets.
“I’m throwing to a whole different group of guys right now (than in 2012), that’s what we saw in the first couple of practices, getting the timing down, trusting the receivers,” he said.
Golson said he likes where the direction the team is headed. Notre Dame has three more practice until the Blue-Gold Game on April 12.
“I have that mind-set that I do want to be great,” Golson said. “It’s not about just getting into the flow for me, it’s every day you come out and work to be the best that you can be.”
Note: Reserve defensive back Rashad Kinlaw has been dismissed from the program, Kelly said.
“From my perspective, from a football standpoint, he didn’t live up to the rules within our football program that I lay out within our football program,” Kelly said.
Kinlaw did not see any action as a freshman last season.