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Notre Dame football: Freshman QB Everett Golson has faced diffcult schedule

Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin says the growing pains with QB Everett Golson are to be expected.

Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The quarterback situation for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish has been muddled ever since Tommy Rees ran into off-the-field trouble during the summer, but offensive coordinator Chuck Martin stressed to the media on Thursday that Everett Golson is still in the team's plans and that he is expected to be learning on the job. The freshman signal caller struggled during the team's win over the Michigan Wolverines last Saturday, throwing two interceptions and completing just three of eight passes before getting pulled, but the coaches know each game will bring something new.

Martin noted that the Notre Dame staff doesn't expect perfection from Golson at this early stage of his collegiate career, which makes sense when considering the tough schedule Golson has faced the last two weeks (via CSN-Chicago):

"We've said from day one, you're not going to be a great quarterback as a freshman. That's very rare ... you might be great in spurts or great on plays or great for a period of time or even a whole game, you might have a completely great game."

Golson has completed 56.2% of his passes (50-89) for 641 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions so far in 2012. Notre Dame has a bye this week, and will next play on Oct. 6 against the Miami Hurricanes.