Brian Kelly: Golson doing well physically, needs work on mental game

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly talks about Everett Golson's mental growth and injured players at his Tuesday press conference.
Posted on Sept. 11, 2012 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Sept. 11, 2012 at 3:23 p.m.

NOTRE DAME — Make no mistake — Brian Kelly wants to start and end Saturday’s game against Michigan State with Everett Golson under center.

After yanking Golson for Tommy Rees in the final two minutes against Purdue, it might seem that Notre Dame’s head coach has little faith in his young quarterback.

But Kelly knows the skills are there. It’s the mental aspect of handling a two-minute drill that he says still eludes Golson.

“Physically, he’s doing really good things,” Kelly said at his Tuesday press conference. “We saw his athletic ability, his escapabilty. Physically we’re pleased where he’s at at this point. It’s living up to what we thought he could do.

“We’ve got a lot to do with the mental part of the game, the quarterbacking, the fundamentals — all the things that go along with that. The physical elements he brings to the position are quite exciting. We’ve got to continue to work on the mental part of it.”

Kelly says today, Wednesday and Thursday are “important days in the development” of Golson in terms of cleaning up communication and getting in the right play.


Outside linebacker Danny Spond (migraines) has been cleared to practice and is expected to be ready to play for Michigan State.

Other injured players cleared for Saturday: Tyler Eifert (slight concussion), DaVaris Daniels (ankle), defensive end Sheldon Day (dehydration), defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore (calf), linebacker Manti Te’o (bruised sternum), linebacker Ishaq Williams (elbow) and safety Jamoris Slaughter (shoulder),.

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