SOUTH BEND Ind. — Back in South Carolina, Everett Golson didn't fancy himself much of a dual-threat quarterback while at Myrtle Beach High School.
"I was a passer," Golson said. "I didn't really run the ball too much."
Still, Golson's blend of athleticism and instincts earned him a dual-threat designation when he came to Notre Dame in the winter of 2011. When he took over the Irish offense in 2012, he was eased into the running aspect of things.
Golson didn't have more than 50 rushing yards until his fifth game, when coming off a bye week he ran a handful of read option plays as Notre Dame throttled Miami, 41-6. Over his next four games, Golson recorded 52 rushing attempts for 218 yards.
There was enough of a comfort level for Golson to run more and make plays outside the pocket, even if Notre Dame continued to run a basic offense with its first-year quarterback. But one of the more noticeable differences in how Notre Dame's offense operates this fall should be Golson working as a more legitimate running threat.
"It was kind of implemented and I guess expected of me to run in 2012," Golson said. "Now I'm getting more comfortable with that and I'm becoming more of a dual-threat quarterback in that sense."