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Notre Dame Names Everett Golson Starting Quarterback, According To Report

Expect the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to name Everett Golson as its starting quarterback Thursday.

Apr. 21, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson (1) throws in the first quarter of the spring game at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE
Apr. 21, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson (1) throws in the first quarter of the spring game at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

Notre Dame's starting quarterback to open the season will be sophomore Everett Golson, according to reports, and the official announcement from Irish coach Brian Kelly could come as soon as Thursday afternoon.

Golson beat out junior Andrew Hendrix, who was the only serious competitor to start the opener after junior Tommy Rees was suspended for Notre Dame's season opener in Dublin, Ireland.

Golson, a 19-year-old from Myrtle Beach, S.C., did not play last season but ran the scout team in practice. He brings quickness and a strong throwing arm to the position and stood out in the Notre Dame spring game by completing 11 of 15 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns.

That put Golson squarely in the competition with Rees and Hendrix.

It's an intriguing choice by Kelly, as Hendrix has regular-season game experience. Rees was the starter in 2011.

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