Eric Hansen has a strong profile of Irish QB Everett Golson at the South Bend Tribune.
"In the end, it might not have mattered whether semi-incumbent Tommy Rees had been suspended for the Sept. 1 season opener against Navy or if junior Andrew Hendrix had become a master improviser on broken plays or if freshman Gunner Kiel had pulled an Evelyn Wood on the playbook.
"'I think the Everett we saw last year was playing because he was just having fun. He was just playing around,' Irish All-America linebacker Manti Te’o observed. 'This Everett has that same kind of energy, but it’s more focused. "Man, I’m going to win games. I’m going to help our team win."
"'This Everett is very critical of himself. He’s very critical of the way he plays. And it’s humbling, because he comes up to me and he asks me, "What do you see? How’s the offense looking? How am I doing?" He’s very determined to be the very best quarterback he can.'
"How Golson got to this point, charging hard from the back of the pack to become the unconfirmed No. 1 option at QB for the opener in Ireland, comprises seemingly a million little shifts that together add up to a quantum leap.
"But it started in a dark place with a promise to himself. And by the time Rice counseled Golson on how to handle the pressures on the outside, the attention, the expectations and the disappointments, Golson was ready to hear them and apply them."