On Monday, Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson returned to the football field with the rest of his team after serving a year-long suspension for academic violations that were revealed following his first year as a starter. After the team wrapped up their first day of spring practices, the former starter called it a surreal experience.
“I want to say surreal in a sense,” Golson said of his official return. “I felt accomplished for a split moment, that I went through what I went through and now I’m back and I’m moving forward now and still continuing that process of trying to grind and be better.”
In 2012, with the help of one of the more punishing defenses in recent Notre Dame history, Golson led the Irish to an undefeated record as a redshirt freshman and a subsequent appearance in the BCS National Championship Game where they were defeated handily by the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Head coach Brian Kelly said a few weeks ago that while he’s glad to have his guy back, he’s not going to be handed his slot back and he’ll undoubtedly have some stiff competition from redshirt freshman Malik Zaire.