Defense takes down offense in Blue-Gold Game

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Notre Dame’s annual spring game had a crowd of just over 31,000, and they witnessed some good quarterback play by someone they weren’t expecting too much out of.

Everett Golson stole the show yesterday. Throwing 11 of 15 for 120 yards and 2 touchdowns. Yesterday, people saw the potential he has. What was most impressive about him was the fact that he was the only 1 of the 4 quarterbacks to not throw an interception.

Apr. 21, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson (1) throws in the first quarter of the spring game at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

Despite all of the positives, Brian Kelly thinks Golson has some work to do.

“Yeah, we come at it from different perspectives. The stats really don’t mean anything to me. What I didn’t like was that he’s got to get the plays in quicker. He’s got to recognize the signaling.

If I’m not out there getting guys set and making sure he knows what to play, we’re going to have flags thrown all over the place. So those things don’t mean as much to me as they do managing the offense. We’re making progress there, but we’re nowhere where we need to be.”

Tommy Rees played the first five series, throwing 7 completed passes for 84 yards. But, like Hendrix, who went 4-9 for 51 yards, he threw a bad interception. Brian Kelly had some things to say about their mistakes.

“You saw Hendrix can’t make that mistake trying to throw an overroute with a level one ball. That’s just the thing that I’m talking about. They can’t make those mistakes and be the starter. They just can’t.”

Gunner Kiel had the entire second half to himself. He made some mistakes and looked like a player who should be red-shirted. I won’t go into detail and critique him on his play because I believe he can develop with a year of learning.

Here’s the statistics on each quarterbacks play.

Passes   Completed- Throws Passing   Yards Interceptions
Tommy Rees 7-14 84 1
Andrew Hendrix 4-9 51 1
Everett   Golson 11-15 120 0
Gunner   Kiel 5-10 57 1

Running back George Atkinson III had a terrific game. He ran for 124 yards on 15 carries. However, he had 2 fumbles that were costly. Here’s what Atkinson had to say on his play.

“Basically all spring what I have been doing has involved high and low points. I have to eliminate mistakes. I plan on getting better over the summer and pay attention to details. It was fun just playing ball and reacting to the defense. I think last year I was thinking too much and now I am actually starting to learn the plays and where to go. Now I am just reacting and playing ball.”

Cierre Wood rushed for 52 yards on 5 carries and was very efficient in his play. The combination of Wood, Atkinson III, and Theo Riddick (9 yards rushing, 63 yards receiving) should be very deadly come next season.

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