Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said redshirt junior QB Everett Golson and freshman QB Malik Zaire will engage in a "true competition" for the starting job prior to the Music City Bowl Dec. 30 vs. LSU.
"There's a way I want that position to operate, and it's going to operate the way I want it to operate," Kelly said. "If you operate it the way I want it done, you'll be the starting quarterback at Notre Dame." The Irish have eight practices until game day. Golson's season has come off the rails, leading Kelly to insert Zaire in the first half of the Irish's loss to USC. Zaire led to the team to its only two touchdowns, bolstering his argument. While Golson had 37 touchdowns (29 throwing, eight rushing), this season, he also committed a devastating 22 turnovers (14 interceptions and eight fumbles). One interesting subplot: Golson has applied for a draft evaluation, so we know that he's at least considering the possibility of leaving school after this season. If Golson loses his job, and the draft board advises him to return to school, as expected, don't be surprised if he bolts as a graduate transfer.