CULVER, Ind. – Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson heard about coach Brian Kelly’s comments last week saying there is a quarterback competition at Notre Dame. Golson even heard about Kelly’s barb that Golson didn’t really lead Notre Dame to the BCS National Championship game in 2012.
“I would argue Everett rode the bus to the national championship,” Kelly said.
But Golson said Monday he isn’t bothered by any of the chatter.
“I think that's more so for y'all ... ” Golson said of the bus comment. “With competition, it's going to enhance your playing. It kind of raised the stakes a little bit. You can't come out and be comfortable one day, so you gotta push and keep pushing.”
To prepare for this upcoming season, Golson went back this summer to train with noted quarterback guru George Whitfield and compete with Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty and Virginia’s David Watford.
“I wanted to compete with them and see where I measure up,” Golson said. “That's what I gained from that, a lot of confidence and also working with George a little bit more, really honing in on my footwork again, it's helped me tremendously.”
After his motivational comments on Friday, Kelly said Monday he hopes Golson can find enough comfort to where he is no longer fearful out on the field.
“We want to keep moving him towards not being afraid and being fearless at that position,” Kelly said. “If we can get to that level it's going to be fun and exciting to watch him play.”