By now, anyone who's a Notre Dame fan knows what all the major networks have reported, to the delight of most Notre Dame Fans: that redshirt freshman Everett Golson will start at quarterback for the Irish this fall, barring any last-minute injuries. Time will tell how successful Golson will be at Notre Dame, but there is a lot of football ahead of him as the dual threat quarterback Irish fans have been waiting for.
Golson has yet to take a snap in a college football game, but after an impressive showing in the spring game and a focused pre-season, he won the race outright over incumbent Tommy Rees, backup Andrew Hendrix, and highly-touted freshman Gunner Kiel. Perhaps the next question is, how will the rest of the quarterback depth chart shape up?
Rees cannot play in the opener against Navy, but with his knowledge of the game and calm demeanor, he may very well spend the rest of his Notre Dame career as a somewhat-reliable backup. Even if he decided to leave, I'm not sure he'd be all that coveted by too many elite programs. Kiel is still learning his new environment and system, but by next season or the following season, figures to push Golson, should Golson play poorly or get hurt. The most intriguing of the backups, however, is Hendrix.
Hendrix is a redshirt sophomore, which means he has three seasons left, including this one. He hasn't played much during his two seasons at Notre Dame (no starts, five appearances, 18 completed passes in 37 attempts, 249 yards passing, 1 touchdown pass, 162 yards rushing, and one touchdown on the ground).
Why would he be such an intriguing transfer option? Because he--like Golson--has plenty of eligibility and a huge ceiling as a dual threat quarterback. His development has taken some time since he did not leave high school early for spring camp and because he did not play in a pass-heavy high school system. But his best days could still be ahead of him. Last year, in the second half of a Stanford game that was mostly lost in the first half, the offense looked dangerous with his laser arm and pesky legs.
How important is it to be on the field? To get a Notre Dame degree? I guess we'll find out. Obviously it's difficult to get into a kid's mindset, but if I were Hendrix, I'd be thinking long and hard this week before suiting up next Saturday in Dublin.