Notre Dame's Everett Golson will start at quarterback against Oklahoma

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer
Everett Golson has cleared all tests and will start against Oklahoma. (US Presswire)

There is no great mystery surrounding Notre Dame's starting quarterback this week, as Brian Kelly announced on Tuesday that sophomore Everett Golson would reclaim his starting job when the Irish head south to face Oklahoma.

Golson underwent a cardiovascular test on Monday to ensure that he's back to full health following a concussion suffered against Stanford on Oct. 13.

"It went very well, he feels great, very confident," Kelly told the Chicago Tribune. "We wanted to do that more because he hadn't had the opportunity to get out there and run, and we didn't want to wait until Saturday. He's good. He's 100 percent. He'll start for us against Oklahoma on Saturday."

Golson was cleared to return to practice last week but did not play in Notre Dame's game against BYU. Junior Tommy Rees got the start instead, though he did not have a great day -- completing only seven of his 16 passes for 117 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Now that Notre Dame knows Golson will be starting once again, the question becomes whether Golson can lead the Irish offense to enough points to beat an Oklahoma team that's scoring 44.7 points a game this season.

While the Notre Dame defense has been one of the best units in all of college football this season, it's hard to imagine the Irish will keep the Sooners out of the end zone all night on Saturday. So it will be up to Golson to give his defense a little more slack.

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