Al Golden impressed by the performance of Notre Dame football QB signee

Notre Dame football's CJ Carr aids defense with selflessness and arm talent, crucial amid QB shortage for Sun Bowl prep.

Oct 14, 2023; South Bend, Indiana, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish cefensive coordinator Al Golden
Oct 14, 2023; South Bend, Indiana, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish cefensive coordinator Al Golden / Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
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The Notre Dame football team is deep in the middle of the Sun Bowl prep and trying to cap a 10 win season. On Tuesday the Irish had their defensive coordinator Al Golden and their interim offensive coordinator Gino Guidugl, address the media.

One of the most interesting things said by Notre Dame’s defensive whiz had nothing to do with his own unit. Instead, he talked a little big about how 2024 signee CJ Carr has helped the Notre Dame football defense practice and prepare for Oregon State.

Golden started off the comments by saying that he thought Guidugli would be a better person to ask that question. However he didn’t dodge the topic entirely. One thing he noticed about Carr is that the young man has been totally unselfish.

“What do you need, Coach? How can I help the defense with the looks?” Carr has said early and often during bowl practices, according to Golden. The defensive coordinator did eventually come up with one very specific thing he saw from Carr that has definitely impressed him so far.

“There’s one thing that jumps out right away,” Golden said during his press conference. “It’s just his arm talent. I haven’t spent as much time with Gino or the offensive coaches with him, but he does have arm talent and velocity, and clearly that’s been a positive in this bowl season.”

Notre Dame football using Carr to fill in for quarterback shorthandedness

There’s been a lot made about Carr practicing with the Fighting Irish this bowl season and most of the talk has been about how much it’s going to benefit Carr. However, clearly his stepping in is being heralded by the coaches as well.

With Sam Hartman bowing out of the Sun Bowl, the Golden Domers are a bit short-handed in the quarterback room. Steve Angeli and Kevin Minchey are QB1 and QB2 for the contest against Oregon State. 

It’s clear Notre Dame football has benefitted from CJ Carr being around.


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