College Football: Irish QB Everett Golson has a new appreciation for preseason camp
By LaMond Pope firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-2691 Twitter: @lamondpope August 4, 2014 11:24PM
Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson throws a pass at Culver Academies at the beginning of fall practice Monday August 4, 2014 in Culver, Ind. Notre Dame opens the season against Rice at home Saturday Aug. 30. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)
Updated: September 6, 2014 6:26AM
CULVER — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly walked up from behind and surprised Everett Golson after the team’s first practice of the fall.
“You’ve got more reporters than I did,” Kelly joked Monday. “Unbelievable. Oh, you must be the quarterback.”
Golson is vying to be the quarterback for the Irish. Right now, he’s officially in a battle for the starting spot with Malik Zaire.
Golson started for the Irish in 2012. But he isn’t disheartened with the current arrangement. He’s approaching it as a challenge.
“Not disappointed at all. The competition is going to enhance your playing. It raises the stakes a little bit,” Golson said. “You can’t come out and be comfortable one day. You have to push and keep pushing. This is only going to allow for the both of us to get better.”
Whether he was firing a short pass to running back Tarean Folston or floating a fade to wide receiver Torii Hunter, Jr., Golson looked sharp during the drills while working with the first-team unit throughout day one at Culver Academies.
“I was glad to get back out here with all my guys,” Golson said. “I just really wanted to try to push the pace a little bit. For me, I think I had an OK day. Not so good, not so bad. That’s day one. Day one is in the books.”
“We’re moving him and developing him through trust and running our system of offense the way we want it run,” Kelly said. “When we get there, we’re all going to be feeling pretty good about it.”
Golson has a different appreciation for the start of camp this fall. At this time last year, Golson was away from the program because of a suspension tied to academics. He missed the entire 2013 season, but returned for the spring.
“I find myself going back to that spring feeling when I came back, kind of anxious, just ready to go. Right now, I’m a little bit more calm. A little bit more confidence. A little bit more comfortable,” he said.
“… I’m ready. I’m ready to go. My summer has been pretty good. I’ve prepared pretty decent. I’m just trying to get back in and hopefully win this thing.”
The competition, in Golson’s eyes, will come down to consistency.
“You see that with (New Orleans Saints quarterback) Drew Brees. He’s very consistent,” Golson said. “I just have to show consistency. Same thing with Malik.”