Earlier in the Irish Spring, head coach Brian Kelly said that it would be a three quarterback battle for the starting gig and that he was far from choosing a starter. Kelly has reportedly come to a final decision on who’s going to get the nod in the season opener in Dublin, Ireland: sophomore Everett Golson.
Kelly needed a starter for the season opener since original starter, junior Tommy Rees, is serving a one-game suspension. Rees was arrested back in May and pleaded guilty the next month to consumption of alcohol by a minor and resisting arrest. The quarterback received an 11 month probation sentence with 50 hours of community service.
Everett Golson impressed Kelly and the Irish this spring, and beat out junior Andrew Hendrix and freshman Gunner Kiel for the one game starting gig. Golson has never started at Notre Dame, nor has Hendrix, however Hendrix did play in five games last season for the Irish.
In his second year out of Myrtle Beach (S.C) High where he went 44-5 as a starter, Golson is looking to take his opportunity to prove he can lead the Irish seriously. He’s already beat out a freshman and a quarterback familiar with the system, so if Golson can prove he can outplay Rees, there could be a serious quarterback battle brewing in South Bend.