Spotlight on Golson with Rees suspended

Everett Golson, we're looking at you.

All eyes have been on you since this spring, when we finally got to see you in action -- first during several glimpses of practice, then with 31,582 fans watching at Notre Dame Stadium for the Blue-Gold game.

That dual-threat ability, the kind that can make your coach's spread offense really explode, was on display for all to see. You completed 11 of 15 passes for 120 yards, threw for two touchdowns and rushed for 25 yards on six tries. All of those numbers were better than your three competitors, and you were the only signal caller to not turn the ball over.

Your scrambling and your difficulty with getting some plays in on time were enough to make your coach, Brian Kelly, crack a heart attack joke. But remember, that was April.

This is the last day of July, with fall practice kicking off in four days, your coach addressing the media one day before that, when he surely will be asked why Tommy Rees and Carlo Calabrese were suspended from a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Ireland when Michael Floyd missed no games a year earlier.

A month from tomorrow you will be playing Navy, and if fans get their wish, you will be taking the first snap, a scenario all the more likely now that your team's only quarterback with any substantial leg up will be relegated to watch from home on Sept. 1.

But whatever Rees learned about the playbook from two-plus years under center, whatever level of toughness he developed from an up-and-down 16-game starting experience, it won't matter. Your 151 career touchdown passes in high school -- the sixth-most in national high school history -- won't matter much either. It's about what you do during this next month to show your coaches that you have absorbed the playbook, can command a huddle and will be able to read and understand defenses.

Mistakes will occur, because they do for even the most hardened of quarterbacks. But you will need to have a short memory. No one wants a repeat of last season, a changing of the guard after the first snap has been taken and the season has begun. That might just mean your biggest obstacle to becoming Notre Dame's full-time starting quarterback is out of the way. What you do between now and Sept. 1 to separate yourself from the slightly more-experienced Andrew Hendrix and the prized newcomer Gunner Kiel could dictate your future, and it could go a long way in shaping your team's.