Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson has passed his concussion test and is cleared to lead the Fighting Irish for their big top-ten matchup against the Oklahoma Sooners this weekend. After extensive tests on Monday, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly announced that Golson had done enough to return to the starting line-up.
Golson suffered the concussion on October 13th against Stanford and was held out of last week’s game against BYU for precautionary reasons.
Now, with Notre Dame’s biggest matchup of the years set to take place, Golson is ready to go.
“It went very well, he feels great, very confident,” Kelly said. “We wanted to do that more because he hadn’t had the opportunity to get out there and run and we didn’t want to wait until Saturday. He’s good. He’s 100 percent. He’ll start for us against Oklahoma on Saturday.”
While it is good news for the Fighting Irish to have their starting quarterback under center, the key to victory for Notre Dame is on the defensive side of the ball.
Oklahoma averages 52 points per game and the Notre Dame defense will face the tough task of slowing down the Sooners.
“It’s going to start on the defensive side of the ball for us and keeping the points down,” Kelly said. “And then obviously find a way to get some scores. It’s going to be hard on both ends. We’re going to see two teams really pushing hard to get points on the board.”
If the defense can do their job, then it is up to Golson to get the offense rolling and keep up on the scoreboard.