Kelly confident Golson can handle atmosphere at OU

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Kelly confident Golson can handle atmosphere at OU

Only four quarterbacks have ever led their team into Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and won since Bob Stoops took as Oklahoma's head coach in 1999. If Everett Golson is to become the fifth, he'll have to do something plenty of other signal-callers haven't been able to do: Play composed in the face of one of college football's most charged atmospheres.

Golson's already quarterbacked a win on the road, with that coming Sept. 15 at Michigan State. While that's game was Notre Dame's only true road test of the season, coach Brian Kelly thinks his first-year starter can handle everything at Oklahoma.

"It's bits and pieces throughout the year, at Michigan State in a very hostile environment, and then in big-game situations where we're playing on the road in Chicago. It's just a cumulative effect," Kelly explained. "In other words, all the pieces that come together for him to make him a better quarterback than he was earlier in the year is his experience, and we think he'll build on that and should not have any problem playing in a big environment at Oklahoma because he's already done it."

Kelly said Saturday he expects Golson to be 100 percent for Notre Dame-Oklahoma, but clarified Sunday that Golson has one more test to pass. On Monday, Notre Dame will have Golson go at his full physical exertion to make sure he's good to go from a cardio standpoint.

"I just want to make sure that we've covered everything, so in talking to our doctors we're going to put him through a good physical exertion tomorrow," Kelly said. "And we expect that to go well. If it goes well, it's just full steam ahead Oklahoma."

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Austin O'Connor

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Austin O'Connor

Four years, four state championships. 

That's what St. Rita senior wrestler Austin O'Connor accomplished over the past four years, becoming the 15th wrestler in IHSA history to do so. The Mustangs' grappler went undefeated this season and finished his IHSA career with a record of 181-4. 

O'Connor is planning on continuing his time on the mat at the University of North Carolina next season. Learn more about O'Connor in the video above. 

In the Gym at EFT: Vertical jump training

In the Gym at EFT: Vertical jump training

In the latest installment of In the Gym at EFT, performance specialist Kerry Neal teaches some valuable techniques to improve an athlete's vertical jump. 

Former Western Michigan Linebacker Grant DePalma gives an assist by demonstrating the drills. An athlete's vertical is an important tool and can be the difference during evaluation.

Learn some valuable tips above and be on the lookout for the next edition of In the Gym at EFT.