Commitments Build Depth: QB

Notre Dame will have six scholarship quarterbacks on the roster heading into spring practice. Brian Kelly announced in January that only four quarterbacks would recceive reps during practice. IrishEyes takes a look at how Everett Golson fits into Notre Dame's plans moving forward.

In 2010 Dayne Crist entered the season as the starting quarterback for Notre Dame and the thought of using freshman Tommy Rees as the starting quarterback was a scary proposition. Fortunately when the time came, Rees was able to take the reins and lead the Irish to a 4-1 mark.

As the Irish begin spring semester workouts, the completion for the starting quarterback spot isn't as settle as one would think. Tommy Rees will be battling a young, talented freshman in Everett Golson along with Dayne Crist, Andrew Hendrix and Nate Montana for a spot on the depth chart.

Golson graduated in December and is already enrolled at Notre Dame, so he'll get a chance to work out with the team this spring and get a jumpstart on learning the Notre Dame offense much like Tommy Rees did last year.

While Golson has the ability to run the football, he is not a running quarterback. When pressured in the pocket, Golson will use his feet to extend the play. He keeps his head up, and looks downfield for an open receiver. When he finds a receiver, he has the arm strength to deliver the ball and the ability to make a pinpoint pass when need be.

Brian Kelly stated in a January press conference that he would only work with four quarterbacks during the spring. Expect Golson to be one of the four. Golson is a very good fit for Kelly's offense and is probably the only quarterback on the Irish roster that is capable of running Kelly's entire playbook.

Although Golson is facing an uphill battle to win playing time from four upperclassmen, don't be surprised if Kelly finds a way to use Golson at some point next season.

Golson finished his high school career with 11,634 passing yards, 151 touchdown passes and only 26 interceptions.

Dayne Crist is still working his way back from a knee injury he suffered last season, so he will likely be limited throughout spring practice.

IrishEyes has learned that Luke Massa is expected to move to tight end.

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