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Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Everett Golson "worked extremely hard at honing his craft as a passer while sitting out the entire 2013 season due to academic issues," write ESPN Insider's Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl.

"He still has plenty of work to do but he has taken significant steps in terms of mechanics," the duo wrote. "Golson is throwing with better balance, which has allowed him to get more velocity behind his throws, while also improving his overall accuracy. In addition, Golson appears much more comfortable throwing from the pocket and has improved as a decision-maker and has yet to throw an interception through three games. Golson is no longer relying on sheer athleticism and is building a case that he can overcome his lack of ideal measureables (6 feet, 200 pounds) as a prospect." Muench and Weidl named Golson the nation's No. 8 fastest-rising draft prospect. Golson's fast start has evoked comparisons to Russell Wilson. We'll know if that comparison is fair or not after upcoming matchups versus Stanford, Florida State, Arizona State and USC.
Sep 30 - 6:33 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Everett Golson "can start in our league," one NFL scout told CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"His biggest surprise so far? Notre Dame QB Everett Golson. Night/day improvements from two years ago. "He can start in our league," Brugler tweeted. The Notre Dame prospect was forced to sit out the season last year, as he served his academic suspension, but appears to have improved his skill-set in every area of his game. Golson and the Notre Dame has scored 30 points or more in each of its first four games for the first time since 1943. At the moment, Golson is receiving comparisons to Russell Wilson, but his draft stock could be heavily dependent on upcoming matchups versus Stanford, Florida State, Arizona State and USC.
Sep 29 - 3:34 PM

Notre Dame senior WR Amir Carlisle will practice this week leading up to Saturday's game against Stanford.

Carlisle sprained his MCL against Purdue a few weeks ago, but the former USC transfer should help the school's passing attack out of the slot. Head coach Brian Kelly did praise C.J. Prosise for his blocking from the slot against Syracuse.
Source: CSN Chicago
Sep 29 - 11:53 AM

Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Everett Golson went 32-for-39 for 362 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions in a win over Syracuse on Saturday.

Golson's uneven performance included four turnovers. Scouts won't appreciate that carelessness, but they'll certainly appreciate Golson's work through the air. He torched the Orange secondary with precision and threw for a career-high four touchdown passes. "Pretty weird for me," Golson said. "Definitely got to get better. Got to clean up a lot of things." Notre Dame has scored 30 points or more in each of its first four games for the first time since 1943.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 28 - 6:39 PM

NFL Media Analyst Charles Davis mentions that he doesn't know that he's "seen a quarterback miss a season and show as much improvement" as Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Everett Golson has in his return.

The Notre Dame QB prospect was forced to sit out the season last year, as he served his academic suspension, but appears to have improved his skill-set in every area of his game. Davis adds that, Golson "could have transferred after being suspended, but he stuck around and faced the music, which has earned him points from NFL evaluators. Notre Dame's offense is humming with him at the helm." Golson has begun to receive some comparisons to Russell Wilson. His draft stock will be heavily dependent on upcoming matchups versus Stanford, Florida State, Arizona State and USC.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 25 - 4:42 PM

An NFC scouting director told NFL.com that every aspect of Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Everett Golson's game has improved in 2014.

According to the source, everything from Golson's footwork to arm talent to decision-making is better than the last time we saw him, in 2012 (he missed 2013 due to a suspension for an academic violation). "The Notre Dame quarterback appears eager to put his team on his back, and the scouting director also gave him points for being willing to return to school after last-season's suspension, even though he'd face whispers and likely some resentment for being allowed to return," the site noted. "The scouting director said Golson showed a good amount of fortitude and resolve." Golson has begun to receive some comparisons to Russell Wilson. His draft stock will be heavily dependent on upcoming matchups versus Stanford, Florida State, Arizona State and USC.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 24 - 9:58 PM

Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly announced that the hearings of five players suspended for violating the school's academic conduct policy will take place by the end of next week.

Last month, the Fighting Irish suspended WR DaVaris Daniels, CB KeiVarae Russell, DE Ishaq Williams, LB Kendall Moore and DB Eilar Hardy while investigating claims of academic fraud. The quintet will miss their fourth game of the season against Syracuse in MetLife Stadium on Saturday. "It’s a very complicated situation, obviously," Kelly told ESPN.com. "There are a lot of pieces here. There are NCAA implications, certainly. We’re probably going down a path that [we've] never gone before, so there are things there." The school announced in its initial statement revealing the suspensions that it had received "evidence that students had submitted papers and homework that had been written for them by others."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 23 - 6:55 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Everett Golson went 25-for-30 for 259 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions in a 30-14 win versus Purdue on Saturday.

He also ran for 56 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Seriously, where's the rust? Golson has returned from a lost 2013 (suspension) to complete nearly 65-percent of his passes and throw for seven touchdowns against zero interceptions. Golson "has looked fantastic making pinpoint throws from the pocket, while giving coach Brian Kelly a sneaky dual-threat playmaker to use on the perimeter," NFL Media Analyst Bucky Brooks wrote last week. Brooks also wrote that NFL scouts could perceive Golson as "an intriguing prospect" due to Russell Wilson's pro success.
Sep 14 - 9:58 PM

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly announced that junior S Nicky Baratti will miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury, according to NBC's College Football Talk.

Baratti suffered the shoulder injury one play after he entered the game to replace replace Max Redfield, who had been had been ejected for targeting. Last season Baratti was lost for the year after he injured his shoulder when he suffered a dislocated shoulder in Notre Dame’s spring game.
Sep 14 - 6:30 PM

NFL Media Analyst Bucky Brooks believes Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Everett Golson's name "should be inserted into the Heisman Trophy race conversation after watching the 6-1, 200-pound senior guide the Fighting Irish offense with exceptional efficiency and precision."

Last week against Michigan, the Notre Dame prospect completed 23-of-34 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns. Brooks adds that, Golson "has looked fantastic making pinpoint throws from the pocket, while giving coach Brian Kelly a sneaky dual-threat playmaker to use on the perimeter." Golson has a great opportunity this weekend, to have a monster outing against a struggling Purdue squad. The Fighting Irish signal-caller has completed 66 percent of his passes for 521 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions, and rushed for three touchdowns, across two early-season wins.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 12 - 4:14 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl writes that Notre Dame DTs Sheldon Day and Jarron Jones "are a handful inside."

"Notre Dame has taken a step back with edge rush but they are stout on the interior," Weidl wrote. That's quite the compliment considering the Fighting Irish lost DE/DT Stephon Tuitt and NT Louis Nix to the NFL. Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly believes Day could be better than both Nix and Tuitt. "Sheldon Day can be the best lineman that we've had here. He's going to have to play a whole season and prove it on the field and stay healthy, but I believe he can be the best defensive lineman I've had here," Kelly told Sports Illustrated earlier this month.
Sep 10 - 7:53 PM

NFL scouts could perceive Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Everett Golson as "an intriguing prospect" due to Russell Wilson's pro success, writes NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

Golson completed 23-of-34 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's win over Michigan. "I believe Everett Golson is going to be an interesting prospect to monitor going forward," Brooks wrote. "Although the Notre Dame star lacks prototypical dimensions (6-0, 200) for the pro game, he is a strong pocket passer with enough athleticism to make plays on the perimeter. With Russell Wilson emerging as a force in the NFL, evaluators could view Golson as an intriguing prospect due to his unique skill set." The Fighting Irish signal-caller has completed 66 percent of his passes for 521 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions, and rushed for three touchdowns, across two early-season wins.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 9 - 5:50 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl notes that Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Everett Golson is executing the Notre Dame offense "at a very high level" with "improved velocity, accuracy and composure."

"Watching the ND vs Mich tape this morning. Golson is executing the offense at a very high level. Improved velocity, accuracy and composure," Weidl tweeted. Through two games, the Notre Dame QB has completed 66 percent of his passes for 521 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions, while rushing for three touchdowns. On Saturday, Golson completed 23-of-34 passes for 226 yards with three touchdowns in Notre Dames' rout of Michigan.
Sep 9 - 4:23 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes Notre Dame sophomore LB Jaylon Smith is an emerging talent.

Weidl calls Smith a playmaker with athleticism, speed and range. The evaluator also praised Notre Dame's speed in the back seven, saying it is more than they have had in a long time. Smith is not draft-eligible, but he is a linebacker in the mold of Ryan Shazier.
Sep 9 - 10:09 AM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes Notre Dame junior LT Ronnie Stanley could emerge as a top 50 selection if he decides to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft.

Stanley transitioned from right tackle to left tackle this offseason to fill in for the departed Zach Martin and has done so at a high level. Stanley has plenty of length and locates his target on first contact. Norris believes the tackle could be a bit stronger on first contact, but his athletic base results in a strong anchor. Stanley just needs to make sure he does not get complacent and let fast rushers turn the corner.
Source: Rotoworld
Sep 8 - 9:18 AM


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