Notre Dame: Everett Golson searching for his groove

Notre Dame: Everett Golson searching for his groove
March 22, 2014, 5:00 pm
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Through five spring practices, Everett Golson isn't comfortable within Notre Dame's offense. But that's not exactly a surprise, given he doesn't have much experience working with the guys he's throwing to right now.

Golson's expulsion from Notre Dame for 2013's fall semester, along with wide receiver DaVaris Daniels' exile from campus this spring, means there's not a whole lot of familiarity between the quarterback and the rest of the offense. He has limited experience working with Chis Brown, C.J. Prosise, Corey Robinson and Ben Koyack, though there hasn't been instant chemistry with those guys.

And then there's a few new faces — like Torii Hunter Jr., Will Fuller and Justin Brent.

"It's really like he's working with a whole new cast of characters in that sense," coach Brian Kelly said Saturday. "Malik (Zaire) has more timing with some of these guys than he does, in a sense. He's working through it. I wouldn't say he's frustrated at all. He's got a good grasp of what he's doing, but it's going to take some time."

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Time is on Notre Dame's side, with this only being spring practice after all. And Notre Dame isn't working on specific plays at this point, instead settling into the installment phase of its offense. That means running a play and moving on to the next one, even if the execution on it wasn't where it eventually needs to be.

"That's kind of the frustrating part for me, sometimes, because you look at it and go oh, I wish I was running two plays right now," Kelly said. "We'd be a whole lot better, the practices would look better and Everett wouldn't go home with a migraine. But that's where we are at this point."

While it's been assumed Golson will wind up starting for the Irish — one that still appears safe — Kelly said he won't name a starting quarterback until a comfort level exists there. And he didn't rule out going with a two-quarterback system once August rolls around, though that's a long way off.

Golson is only a third of the way through its spring practices, and has an entire summer to work on timing with his receivers. Kelly's confident that, eventually, it'll return.

"It's always about finding that consistency at that position," Kelly said. "It's just going to take some time. I don't have a timetable on it. I'll know when it's running the right way and it's smooth. It's not there yet. It will be."