Two seasons ago, quarterback Everett Golson led the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to an undefeated season and subsequent appearance in the BCS National Championship Game. After serving a one-year suspension in 2013, Golson returned to the team for this season, and he has earned his starting job back.
On Wednesday, head coach Brian Kelly named Golson the starter for the opener against Rice on August 30 in a few weeks. When explaining his decision, Kelly noted that Golson did indeed earn the distinction back.
“His spring practice and his leadership in the summer and camp here, he’s put himself in a position to get that opportunity,“ Kelly said.
After leading the Irish to that title game appearance, Golson committed an academic violation that led to the 2031 suspension. However, he kept himself in shape and re-enrolled back at the school earlier this year.
Although he had the accolades already to be handed the job, he faced some stiff competition from freshman Malik Zaire, who was not happy about his defeat, understandably.
“I got the right answer from Malik,” Kelly said. “He wasn’t happy. I’d be disappointed.”
Kelly finally made the announcement official after dropping all of the hints that he could, and he hopes that he’s ultimately proven right with his decision on Wednesday.
“Everett is the starter for Rice, and we hope he’s the starter for the entire year,“ Kelly said.