Golson's growth now a series-to-series process

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Golson's growth now a series-to-series process

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Everett Golson has shown his youth plenty of times this year, with that inexperience materializing into fumbles, interceptions, missed reads or bad decisions.

But he's also shown his ceiling, with that talent showing up in the form of a touchdown pass he threw to tight end Tyler Eifert on Saturday.

Down seven and facing a third-and-18 from Stanford's 24, Golson found Eifert just outside the end zone for a touchdown. He put the ball high, and Eifert skied over both Stanford defenders -- neither of whom could've got a hand on the ball thanks to Eifert's size and athleticism.

"It was a great read and a great throw," Eifert said. "It was a great play."

It's also one Golson's coach doesn't think he could've made earlier in the year. Brian Kelly said Tuesday Golson probably wouldn't have made the read to put enough air under the ball after only a few weeks of game experience.

"That's something that he has worked hard at developing," Kelly said. "He would have not made that throw in Week 1 or Week 2. He would have thrown a line drive level one ball and it would either have been deflected by the corner who was sinking or Tyler would not have gotten his hands on it."

But Kelly went on to go even further, saying Golson may not have even made that throw earlier in Saturday's game. Kelly referenced a Golson pass to T.J. Jones in the end zone that was broken up as something the young quarterback learned from, and showed that growth on the strike to Eifert.

"That learning curve is taking place, series by series," Kelly said. "That throw is something that he's developed into by being out there."

Despite Golson's growing pains, Kelly has maintained throughout the year the first-time starter will keep the No. 1 quarterback role. Rumbles of a quarterback controversy perhaps had some legs after Week 2, but now, it's Golson's gig. Tommy Rees is a safety net, and a luxury few teams attempting to develop a young quarterback have.

When Golson looks off his game, instead of continuing to throw him to the wolves, Notre Dame can insert a guy who has more experience reading defense and knows the ins and outs of the Irish offense. That system hasn't failed Notre Dame yet. But if it does, Kelly doesn't sound like someone who's going to change the course.

"That's the value and the benefit of him playing this year with four seasons of competition," Kelly explained of Golson, again referencing the touchdown to Eifert. "That's what I see and those are the things that keep me moving towards seeing the positive things.

"I know there's others -- he's got to take care of the football, he's got to set his feet. He plays sloppy at times but boy, he competed his butt off (against Stanford). I couldn't be more proud of the guy and the way he competed."

Preview: White Sox kick off 10-game homestand vs. A's tonight on CSN

Preview: White Sox kick off 10-game homestand vs. A's tonight on CSN

The White Sox take on the Oakland Athletics tonight, and you can catch all the action on CSN and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.

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Nikola Mirotic and why the Bulls traded their second-round pick

Nikola Mirotic and why the Bulls traded their second-round pick

The Bulls entered rebuild mode on Thursday night after they dealt Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves. They acquired a pair of guards in Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn, and the No. 7 pick which they used to select Arizona power forward Lauri Markkanen.

But the Bulls opted not to continue adding youth to their roster when they sold their second-round pick, No. 38 overall, to the Golden State Warriors. That pick was Oregon power forward Jordan Bell, who many considered a late first-round prospect.

The move was perplexing for a team that hours earlier had traded away its franchise player to start a youth movement. But VP John Paxson said after the draft that the decision to move the pick was based on team depth, hinting at a significant move the Bulls will make in free agency.

"We had some wings on our board that we had targeted that were the only way we were going to keep that (No. 38) pick, and they went before us. And drafting Lauri (Markkanen), and the fact that we have, Niko’s a restricted free agent we intend to bring back, Bobby Portis, we didn’t want to add another big and that’s really all that was left on our board."

Both Paxson and general manager Gar Forman have said since the season ended that Mirotic, who will become a restricted free agent on July 1, is part of their future plans. The Bulls will be able to match any contract that another team offers Mirotic, and they intend to keep the 26-year-old in Chicago. After Butler's departure, Mirotic is now the longest tenured member of the Bulls. He's been with the team for three seasons.

The wings Paxson may have been referring to include Miami's Devon Reed (32nd overall to Phoenix), Kansas State's Wesley Iwundu (33rd overall to Orlando) or SMU's Semi Ojeleye (Boston, 37th overall). Point guards Juwan Evans (Oklahoma State) and Sterling Brown (SMU) were still on the board and potential options, but the Bulls were set on looking for wing help after receiving point guard Kris Dunn and shooting guard Zach LaVine in the Butler trade.

The Bulls frontcourt depth looks filled, as Cristiano Felicio is expected to return behind Brook Lopez. Mirotic, Portis, Markkanen and Joffrey Lauvergne should make up the power forward depth chart. Opting against using the 38th pick, which Golden State bought for a whopping $3.5 million, also leaves the Bulls with room to add a 13th player in the fall.

"It keeps us at 12 roster spots and gives us real flexibility for our roster," Paxson said. "So we didn’t just want to use up a roster spot on a player that we probably wouldn’t have kept."