By now it is pretty much common knowledge that Notre Dame is going to be missing quarterback Everett Golson this season due to 'poor academic judgement'--whatever that is. Golson has already professed that he is going to return to South Bend much to the delight of the Fighting Irish Faithful.
However, what many of them may not know is that the guy they are going to be getting back is going to be s much better than the one they knew.
It is not a done deal yet, but there is a solid chance that Golson is going to get some work in with quarterback coach/guru George Whitfield Jr. sometime in the near future.
Those of you that know the name understand what a big deal this can be for Golson. For those that don't know it, Whitfield has coached/helped develop some of the best quarterbacks in the game today. Among his client are guys like Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, and last year's Heisman trophy winner, Johnny Maziel.
So, yeah, this guy knows what he is doing.
Last season Golson proved to be a good quarterback; one that appeared to have the aptitude and skill set to turn into a dominant college quarterback. However, it would be a stretch to say he was a great one.
In his first year as a starter he did play well, but an argument could be made that he is more a product of the system. His stats were not mind-blowing; in fact, they were a little pedestrian. A completion percentage of 58.8 percent is okay, but it is nothing unique. With an average of just 7.6 yards an attempt he ranked No. 48 among qualifying quarterbacks.
To be fair, he also showed the poise and leadership that it takes to succeed at quarterback as well as the ability to make good decisions (just six interceptions on the year), but if Whitfield can help refine and sharpen his skill set Golson could have a breakout type season when he comes back.