Originally Posted by Jcn92
I cant think of a situation where a player was kicked off the team (no longer enrolled) missed an entire season and then came back. He didn't really impress me as much of anything other than a game manager. Notre Dame's offense was run oriented and he really wasn't a huge part of that statistically speaking. Yes, he did have 6 touchdowns on the ground but all of those came in the RZ in what I'm assuming were short yardage situations. Everybody is saying Tommy Rees, but I remeber hearing good things about Andrew Hendrix and his potential. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see Hendrix get it.
ND has had another example in Darrin Walls and with Golson apparently already enrolled at holy cross (the JC where Rudy also became eligible) odds are reasonably decent that he will do what he says.
that being said im not counting on it.
With regards to Golson being the guy of the future:
BKs system is a system requiring a QB who can make plays with his legs by either extending the play or getting positive yards with his feet. In the Oklahoma game and the stanford game to a lesser extend Golson was the difference maker on offense. Yes we ran the ball a lot with 2 senior running backs and a frosh QB but its inherently a pass heavy system.
Rees is a smart game manager with just a ridiculously week arm but he knows the system better than any other guy on campus. Hendrix has better physical tools but has a tendency to totally miss defenders. Its been quite regular that hendrix threw interceptions exactly into the lap of a linebacker in zone. Rees would be the guy to lead this team to a 9 win season with the talent on D.
With Golson at holy cross the route is free for Malik Zaire to maybe gain some game experience and legitimately challenge golson when he gets back. Its clear that BK ideally wants a very mobile QB who is pass-first but can make plays.
Losing Golson for the season will probably cost us 1 or 2 wins but what hurts the team more is that Golson isnt getting the experience for 2014 and 2015, years where ND should be better although the recent exodus of 5 stars doesnt help.