Dimmed Notre Dame star Everett Golson was readmitted to school on Friday.
The 20-year-old Golson, who was banned from South Bend in May for being a dunce, will be welcomed back by Irish head coach Brian Kelly.
“There’s going to be a lot of noise surrounding Everett Golson,” said Kelly, 52, the reigning winner of the Associated Press college football coach of the year award who is 89-37 since debuting on the sideline with Central Michigan in 2004.
“I think there’s going to be as many people looking for him to not succeed as there will be to succeed. Unfortunately, not everybody likes a good story. So there will be some cynics out there. I think we’re going to have to support him. But he’s prepared to handle all those things.”
Kelly recently saw the 6-foot, 185 pound Golson and noted he’s now “physically more mature, probably over 200 pounds.”
Chosen as the team’s starting signal-caller in 2012, Golson initially looked terribly erratic in the pocket and clueless reading defensive formations at the line of scrimmage.
However, as the season progressed, the native South Carolinian developed and managed to complete 187 throws for 12 touchdowns, against six interceptions, and 2,405 yards.
Once ranked 16th on Rivals.com dual-threat quarterback list, Golson additionally ran for 305 yards and five scores on the ground.
Despite helping guide Notre Dame to a remarkable 12-1 campaign, Golson will still need to outperform freshman Malik Zaire in the spring.
The Irish are going to lose some elite defensive playmakers to the NFL.
Hence, Notre Dame’s offense must compensate and become a more explosive unit.
“Physically more mature, probably over 200 pounds,” expect Everett Golson to make “a good story” as an Irishman over the next few autumns.by