Spring Spotlight: Everett Golson, Pt 2

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. --- One of the bigger differences between UNC's pro-style offense and Myrtle Beach's spread offense is that Myrtle Beach almost exclusively uses the shotgun and thus doesn't require its quarterback to go through progressions as he drops back.

"I think it will be a smooth transition [from high school to college]," head coach Mickey Wilson said of his star quarterback, UNC commitment Everett Golson. "The language and the scheme is a little different of course and he'll have a lot to learn, but he's such a smart kid that he'll do fine."

In preparation for the change, Golson practices drop steps during his spare time.

"I feel like if you want to play at that next level, you've got to get an early jump on it," Golson said. "Especially with my plan – I want to go in there and in maybe one or two years actually play. I just have to put that work in."

Golson is also looking at the big picture.

"NFL teams don't sit in the shotgun seven yards back all day," Golson said. "They actually run a pro-style offense similar to North Carolina. Going to North Carolina, I feel I can prepare myself better to play quarterback in the NFL."

Golson thinks he's made a lot of progress with his drop steps.

"I'm getting more comfortable with [drop steps]," Golson said. "I got a lot of work with it over the weekend [at the Nike Football Training Camp] and I felt good."

Golson was so comfortable that he won the Quarterback MVP award at that Nike Football Training Camp in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Saturday.

"To tell you the truth, it really doesn't mean too much to me," Golson said. "… It's just a bonus for me to be there and participate in that and the Elite 11."

The Elite 11, on the other hand, does mean a lot to Golson. He hopes his performance over the weekend earns him a spot in the nation's premier quarterback camp.

"Being selected [to the Elite 11] establishes where you stand as a quarterback," Golson said. "It would be a tremendous honor."

One aspect of Golson's game that he's not working to change is how he holds the football. Unlike most quarterbacks, Golson doesn't throw the football with the laces under his fingers.

"I don't know why," Golson said with a laugh. "It's just always felt real natural. I guess I've got big enough hands that I don't need the laces. Ever since rec league I've been doing that."

Wilson's philosophy: if it works, don't fix it.

"It's something we talk about in the offseason a little bit," Wilson said. "Because we're a shotgun team, that ball is not going to hit [the quarterback's hand] perfectly every time. Especially with our quick game, we want to catch it, grip it, and get rid of it. So laces aren't something we particularly try to find every time.

"He's gotten to the point now where he's done it so much – just catching that ball and getting rid of it – that it's just natural to not throw with the laces. It makes it great for us because he doesn't have to find the laces before getting rid of it."

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