Everett Golson Will Keep Notre Dame Rolling Against Michigan

Jeff LangridgeCorrespondent IIISeptember 19, 2012

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 08:  Everett Golson #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rolls out to look for a receiver against the Purdue Boilermakers at Notre Dame Stadium on September 8, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Purdue 21-17.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Everett Golson went into training camp with no assured job.

In a four-horse race between quarterbacks, Golson was going up against incumbent starter Tommy Rees, junior Andrew Hendrix and freshman Gunner Kiel.

With Rees out for the first game of the season with a suspension, Golson outshone Hendrix as camp went on. He eventually won the job, but was only announced as the starter for the opening game against Navy.

Golson had this to say (via suntimes.com).

“They said I’m the starter for Navy, not (that) I’m the starter for the rest of the season... I’m going to keep my foot on the gas.”

In his first college game, Golson didn’t disappoint. Completing 12-of-18 passes for 144 yards, Golson impressed Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly.

Kelly spoke about Golson’s performance in Week 1 (via espn.go.com).

"He made some good decisions and moved our offense. We put 50 points on the board, so that's a pretty good start."

Golson had a bit of trouble in the game against Purdue in Week 2. Going 21-for-31 for 289 passing yards, Golson was OK but was taken out of the game and replaced by Rees, who led the Irish to a final-minute field goal to win the game.

Despite not finishing the last game, Golson returned to start against Michigan State last week. He responded by passing for 178 yards, passing for one touchdown and rushing for another, despite only going 14-for-32.

While he hasn’t been great, Golson has done good enough to lead Notre Dame to it’s first 3-0 start since 2002. He has also helped the Irish move up the rankings to No. 11. He has used his wide receivers well and the running game is definitely helping.

Against a lower-ranked team like Michigan, Golson should continue to get better as he has with every game. Notre Dame has the most difficult schedule in college football and the fact that that the Irish are 3-0 is amazing.

Golson has been a huge part of Notre Dame’s success and he should lead them again to a win. He should be able to take advantage of Michigan’s defense, which has given up a total of 79 points in three games for an average of 26.3 points per game.

With Notre Dame’s defense ranked eighth in college football, Golson has the potential to lead the Irish to yet another blowout.