SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Most assumed Everett Golson would get the starting nod at quarterback for the season opener against Rice.
His resume, after all, does include a start in the BCS national title game.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly made it official Wednesday, declaring Golson the winner of the quarterback battle with Malik Zaire.
“I’m using from January through right now as the basis for that decision. Winter workouts, how he handled himself with the team workouts. His spring practice and then his leadership in summer and then camp, he’s put himself in a position to get that opportunity to be our starter,” Kelly said.
Golson started for the Irish in 2012 and helped the team reach the BCS national title game. He hasn’t played since the loss to Alabama. Golson missed the entire 2013 season because of a suspension tied to academics.
He returned for spring camp and was challenged by Zaire.
The competition continued when preseason camp began earlier this month. Kelly made the decision last night and informed both quarterbacks Thursday morning.
“I told Malik first and let him know what his situation was and I got the right answer from Malik. He wasn’t happy. If he gave me a hug, I’d be very disappointed. He went out and practiced well. He wants to be the starter here and he’s going to keep working to be the starter.”