User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Kelly: Golson better understands offense

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Quarterback Everett Golson is back at Notre Dame stronger, sturdier and with a much better understanding of offensive concepts than when he led the Fighting Irish to the national championship game more than a year ago, coach Brian Kelly said Friday.

Advertisement
''I can talk to him about things that I didn't believe I could talk to him about relative to protections, hot routes, just the nuances of the game. So clearly he has evolved there,'' Kelly said.

All of this even though Golson missed last season altogether while serving a semester-long suspension for academic impropriety,

What Kelly doesn't know yet is how that knowledge will translate onto the field. He won't see Golson throw a pass until spring practice begins on Monday. Kelly said one of the biggest things he's seeking from Golson is consistency.

''He hasn't shown that yet,'' he said.

Golson, who has two years of eligibility remaining, spent part of his suspension training in San Diego under quarterback coach George Whitfield. While many expect him to be the starting quarterback when the Irish open the season against Rice on Aug. 30, Kelly has repeatedly said he isn't handing the job to Golson.

Kelly is hoping Malik Zaire, a freshman who didn't play last season, will challenge Golson.

''It's a huge spring for Malik Zaire. Huge,'' Kelly said. ''He's got to step up. He's got to show a maturity level in terms of leadership, taking over the offense, and he's got to practice as if he's the starter. ... He's got to practice with the vision of him being the starter against Rice.''

Kelly announced several position changes, including moving wide receiver James Onwualu to safety and Matthias Farley, who started 19 games at safety the past two seasons, switching to cornerback. The Irish could have as many as four corners on the field at a time next season, Kelly said. He also said running back Amir Carlisle, who carried the ball only 17 times for 57 yards after a key fumble against Purdue, will be working at slot receiver.

Other positions of concern for the Irish are at defensive line, where the Irish lost starters Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt, and inside linebacker, where they lost Carlo Calabrese and Dan Fox and Jarrett Grace is recovering from breaking his leg in four places in early October. Grace is making slow progress, but Kelly said he's expected to be ready to play in the fall.

''We think we're going to be fine, but you have to be patient,'' Kelly said.

Kelly is confident that new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder, who had been an assistant with the New York Jets, will find players to mount a pass rush.

''That's what his experience in the NFL and his length of experience in college football is going to allow us to find ways to get guys involved to get that pressure,'' he said.

Kelly believes the Irish are talented, but inexperienced.

''It's our job to get those inexperienced players ready to play, and this is the time to do it,'' he said.

Kelly also announced that reserve wide receiver Luke Massa will not return for a fifth season.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Edwards: Pressing Mississippi State
Lawrence: 2014 MWC Preview
Edwards: Top 20 QB Changes
News: LVH posts Conference Odds
New ACC settles into era of stability
Tennessee-WVU set for Charlotte in 2018
TCU's Fields investigated for assault
GT dismisses three, suspends another
Texas' Strong prefers not talking title
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAAFB College Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2013 CFB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Williams + 1921
Joe Nelson + 1446
Bruce Marshall + 1350
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
No Games Last Week  
   
   
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Joe Nelson 60 %
Doc's Sports 57 %
Joe Williams 57 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Williams + 1312
Brian Edwards + 580
James Manos + 443
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Williams + 1283
Jimmy Boyd + 966
James Manos + 756
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 1100
Doc's Sports + 1090
Joe Nelson + 940
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!