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Notre Dame starting to unlock Everett Golson's potential

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will need another big game out of quarterback Everett Golson when they face the USC Trojans on Saturday.

Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

As broken down by CSN Chicago's JJ Stankevitz, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish may have completed their process of grooming their redshirt freshman quarterback into the quarterback they've always viewed him to be.

When Everett Golson started the season, the Fighting Irish still had junior Tommy Rees in the fold as a safety net while Golson developed. That development included rookie mistakes, bad interceptions and growing pains as Golson adjusted to playing on this level and under the lights that always show on a program as prestigious as the Fighting Irish.

"He's got the ability to throw it, he can run the football, he's elusive," said head coach Brian Kelly on Saturday. "I think we're seeing a guy that's growing each and every week."

What Golson has produced is a season with 1,918 yards passing, 258 yards rushing and 16 total touchdowns for the No. 1 team in the country. He will have one final test against the USC Trojans on Saturday in Los Angeles and if he can pass it, his team will be headed to the BCS National Championship game.