Rather than transferring, Gunner Kiel needs to exhibit testicular fortitude and battle Everett Golson to become the starting quarterback for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2013

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Gunner Kiel could outperform Everett Golson.

With starting quarterback Everett Golson and the University of Notre Dame getting embarrassed by Alabama 42-14 in last night’s BCS National Championship Game at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, the future of Fighting Irish backup Gunner Kiel has become a hot topic.

Irish (12-1) head coach Brian Kelly, the winner of the Associated Press college football coach of the year award who is 81-33 since debuting on the sideline with Central Michigan in 2004, chose the 20-year-old Golson as the team’s starting signal-caller in the summertime.

Initially, the 6-foot, 185 pound Golson, a finalist for Mr. Football of South Carolina in 2010 who was ranked 16th on Rivals.com dual-threat quarterback list, looked terribly erratic in the pocket and clueless reading defensive formations at the line of scrimmage.

However, as the season progressed, Golson matured and managed to complete 187 passes for 12 touchdowns, in comparison to six interceptions, for 2,405 yards.

Additionally, the South Carolinian ran for 305 yards and five scores on the ground.

Kelly is seemingly smitten with Golson and it’s tough to envision anyone else being under center for the Irish in 2013.

Nevertheless, Kelly needs to seriously consider the 6-foot-4, 210 pound Kiel as a viable option to lead Notre Dame.

After sandbagging Indiana University and Louisiana State University, Kiel, ranked as the preeminent passing recruit in the nation by Rivals.com and Scout.com, enrolled at Notre Dame last January.

“I think I over-examined everything and took everything over the top,” said Kiel, 19, who won the Indiana Mr. Football Award as a senior playing for Columbus East High School.

Taking into account Kelly’s adoration of Golson and the sophomore’s significant development, there is likely a greater probability of Pope Joseph Ratzinger conducting prayer in a synagogue than Kiel becoming the top Irishman next autumn.

When Kiel was asked about transferring, the ballyhooed freshman claimed bolting South Bend wasn’t even a thought.

Unfortunately for fans of the Irish, in the next breath, the potentially bipolar Kiel said, “anything could happen.”

If Kiel possesses a granule of testicular fortitude, he will remain in South Bend and battle Golson for the most scrutinized position in college football.

Although booming with promise, Golson will never be confused with Robert Griffin III and Kiel needs to exhibit faith in his ample abilities.

As a projected standout, Gunner Kiel needs to believe that “anything (can) happen” wearing the Gold and Navy Blue as an Irishman.

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