Really, Who Is Notre Dame's Best QB?
Notre Dame QB Everett Golson
Notre Dame QB Everett Golson
Posted Apr 18, 2012

From the Scout publishers, here's the inside info on the key questions this spring.

Spring 2012 - Key Questions

Notre Dame

What's happening this spring season? Several FSN publishers provide their insider info on the key questions that matter to the real world of college football. Scroll down for the links to all the spring questions.

Q: Really, who's the best quarterback option?

From Tim O'Malley, … The fan's choice - and mine - is redshirt freshman Everett Golson, though that status is based on two factors familiar to all media, fans, and pundits and not necessarily football coaches:

1) He's a true dual-threat option, which is perceived as the missing component from Brian Kelly's offense over his first two seasons. He can make plays that the other options can't.

2) He has no warts. Unlike Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix, no one outside the program has seen him make mistakes yet.

Kelly intimated Golson had trouble with mistakes last year as a true freshman. The offense's mantra for the upcoming season is to eliminate the turnovers that they believe waylaid what should have been a BCS-level season. If Golson can't protect the football and consistently make the right decisions in the spring and August, there's no way he'll start the opener in Dublin.

Does everyone around the team, fan base, and the program have any idea just how brutal the schedule is?

It's the toughest in several seasons. 2011 was more than manageable, while 2010 was the second-toughest nationally by season's end with four teams that won ten or more games – Michigan State, Stanford, Tulsa, and Utah – and just one against a team that finished with a losing record. For the first time since 2008, Notre Dame fans can realistically expect to start 2-0 with games vs. Navy (in Dublin) and home opener to follow vs. Purdue, but that's about it for relative sure things.

If the Irish can finish September at 3-1 – with games at Michigan State and home under the lights vs. Michigan follow – a nine-win season is not out of the question. If Kelly and his team finish 2-2 in the opening month, an October slate that includes Miami, BYU, Stanford, and Oklahoma could bury the season before November. If that wasn't bad enough, USC awaits at season's end with nary a break in between with Pittsburgh, Boston College, and Wake Forest.

What's the biggest insider storyline from this spring that the average fan should know about?

The defensive front, which will shift between a 4-3 and a 3-4, is as deep, explosive, tiered in its experience, and full of as much promising NFL talent as the program has seen since Justin Tuck, Victor Abiamiri, and Derek Landri roamed the trenches during the end of the Ty Willingham era.

Bob Diaco's defense needs to hit the ground running – and stop foes from doing the same – to emerge with a winning record through the season's first five contests culminating with a Soldier Field matchup against Miami in early October.

- Really, who is Notre Dame's best QB option?
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- How have things changed at Arizona State?
- Is BYU motivated as an independent?
- Does the Oklahoma D have a new attitude?
- Is Southern Miss starting from scratch?
- Is anything improving at Duke?
- Is Cal's Jeff Tedford on any real hot seat?
- Does Wisconsin have a receiving corps?
- Is SMU RB Zach Line back and healthy?
- What's Changing At ASU Under Gus Malzahn?

- Is The Nevin Shapiro Case Affecting Miami?
- How Is UCLA Different So Far Under Jim Mora?
- Will Florida State Finally Turn The Corner?
- Will Rutgers Be Better Without Greg Schiano?
- Will The Alabama Defense Be As Good As 2011?
- Can Boise State Go On Without Kellen Moore?
- Who Are Northwestern's New Offensive Weapons?
- Is Clemson Over The Orange Bowl Disaster?
- Who's The Next Great Illinois D Lineman?
- What's Changing At ASU Under Gus Malzahn?