SOUTH BEND – Banished quarterback Everett Golson will be staying sharp during his semester away from Notre Dame with a quarterback coach known for working with some of the best arms in football.
Coach Brian Kelly said Golson, who was suspended for this semester because of an academic issue, will spend a couple of months working with George Whitfield in San Diego.
Whitfield runs Whitfield Athletix, which provides quarterback training, and some of his past clients include Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, Donovan McNabb, Johnny Manziel and Braxston Miller.
(Golson is) planning on spending probably two months out there in San Diego, Kelly said Thursday during the Irish’s media day. Most of it is having the right training partners, receivers, and having somebody that can film him and, obviously, spend time on his footwork and physical development and keeping him sharp. I think that’s during most of the inclement weather time.
And then he’ll be back in the Midwest probably around Thanksgiving. And then settle back here in Notre Dame around the holidays.
Kelly said Golson, who started 11 games last season, didn’t need to take any classes during his suspension.
Sorting through kickers
Kelly said all three of Notre Dame’s kickers – Kyle Brindza, Nick Tausch and Alex Wulfeck – will have a chance to perform in the season opener Aug. 31 against Temple.
At what time and what place, I’m not sure yet how that is going to play out, Kelly said.
Brindza, who handled kickoffs and place-kicking duties last season, will be punting for the Irish this season.
Kelly said Tausch has had a great camp, and that the fifth-year senior wouldn’t have been brought back without the chance to earn the kicking job. Wulfeck is an invited walk-on after he transferred in from Wake Forest.
We will make a decision for Game 2 (at Michigan) as to where we are, Kelly said.
Kelly named left tackle Zack Martin, receiver TJ Jones and cornerback Bennett Jackson as captains this season.
Martin is the 18th two-time captain in Irish history. He was a captain along with former Bishop Dwenger standout and Irish tight end Tyler Eifert, linebacker Manti Te’o and defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore last year.
It’s a huge honor, Martin said. Last year was great, and we had a bunch of guys that were really awesome. But to be part of this team and be a leader on this team is something special because there are so many guys who could be in that role. That’s the thing coach pointed out, although there are three of us who are going to have the C’ on our uniforms, there are seniors on both sides of the ball who are plenty capable.
Kelly said running back George Atkinson III will handle kickoff returns and receiver TJ Jones will return punts.
I think those scenarios are for us, if we have opportunities to return, we want to get the best person out on the field to give the opportunities to return, Kelly said.