Five Notre Dame Football Players Who Need To Live Up To Expectations This Season

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1. QB Everett Golson – 

Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson (5) reacts during the second half of the 2013 BCS Championship game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

I can imagine it now. It’s 3:24 p.m. on August 30th and NBC cuts to Golson warming up.  Mike Mayock says, “The day has arrived. The return of Everett Golson.” Then every Notre Dame fan in America gets a little excited and flashes of 2012 go through their head. Finally getting that Tommy Rees aftertaste out of their mouths. But what if Golson comes out and looks mediocre?  He starts overthrowing receivers just like he did in 2012. We don’t want this to turn into an Arrested Development situation where all we want is it back and once we get it back it sucks. Irish fans can’t take another year of suspect quarterback play.

Luckily, I don’t think we need to worry.  Kelly named Golson the starter against Rice and I have some theories on way.

Kelly told ESPN’s Mack Brown that Golson has matured into a leader from his year off. Also, Golson explains that it was a “blessing in disguise” because he would be probably be doing the same actions if he wasn’t caught. Maybe it was beneficial for Golson to take a year off and move to San Diego.  Just like when Kenny Powers moved to Mexico and became “La Flama Blanca.” They both needed to be away from their sports to find themselves.  If that’s the case, Notre Dame has found their clear-cut leader on offense.

If somehow Golson can’t live up to being a changed person and player, I already bought my tickets for the Pinstripe Bowl.