“I would argue Everett rode the bus to the national championship,” Kelly said in his season-opening press conference Friday, Aug. 1.
And it didn’t bother Golson in the slightest.
“I think that's more so for y'all,” Golson said, grinning, to a throng of reporters after practice Monday.
Kelly’s comment served as an emphasis on the quarterback competition playing out between the 2012 starter and the up-and-coming Malik Zaire. But having to reassert his place under center also doesn’t bother Golson.
“I'm not disappointed at all,” he said. “With competition, it's going to enhance your playing. It kind of raised the stakes a little bit. You can't come out and be comfortable one day, so you gotta push and keep pushing.”
With one day in the books, Golson gave himself a fairly vanilla assessment.
“It was decent. I was glad to get back out here,” he said. “For me, I think I had an OK day. Not so good, not so bad. But that’s day one. Day one is in the books, go back, watch film and try and be better tomorrow.”
Before Kelly will consider naming Golson the starter, he needs to see a type of “fearlessness” from the redshirt senior. Kelly said that there were times in 2012 he could tell Golson was “fearful at the quarterback position.”
“I think if we can get him to that level, where he's fearless, I'm starting to see that,” Kelly said. “That's where we want to get him. We want to keep moving him towards him not being afraid and being fearless at that position. If he gets to that it's going to be fun and exciting to watch him play.”