After 32 months at the helm of the university of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, one would imagine that head coach Brian Kelly would have had an established quarterback at the helm of the offense at this stage.
The Irish opened fall camp on Saturday with sophomore quarterback Everett Golson leading the first team in fast tempo drills. Also amongst the first team line up were pre-season All-American TE Tyler Eifert, TJ Jones, Robby Toma and John Goodman at receiver, Theo Riddick at running back, and an offensive line of Christian Lombard, Mike Golic, Jr., Braxston Cave, Chris Watt and Zack Martin.
Both Andrew Hendrix and Gunner Kiel led the second unit which featured freshman sensation Davonte Neal, TE's Alex Welch & Ben Koyack, DaVaris Daniels, Daniel Smith and running back George Atkinson III, and an offensive line of Tate Nichols, Nick Martin, Matt Hegarty, Conor Hanratty and Jordan Prestwood.
Kelly offered very little as to why he had chosen Golson to lead out the first team, explaining that it meant nothing other to do with than the fact that Golson had the better Spring ball game.
Last seasons leading rusher Cierre Wood was at the practice but did not participate in any of the team or RB drills.
In his post practice address to the media, Kelly elaborated on why Wood was not participating in practice "We were informed this morning that there were a couple of things that he didn't do on his medical. It doesn't seem to be an issue as much as him not taking care of some paperwork."
It was a surprisingly productive weekend for the Fighting Irish, as they picked up the 19th overall verbal commit for the class of 2013 in WR Will Fuller.
Fuller had verballed to Penn State University early in the year, but given the sanctions handed down by the NCAA on the disgraced University, decided that Notre Dame would be a more fitting place to practice his craft and hone his skills for the next level.