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2012 Notre Dame Spring Game Results: Everett Golson Puts Pressure On QB Tommy Rees

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After an extended quarterback controversy in the regular season last year, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are hoping for more certainty from the signal-callers this year. Tommy Rees, who will be a junior in the fall, grabbed hold of the job, but after a lackluster spring performance — and a stellar showing from his backup, rising sophomore Everett Golson — there may again be a controversy.

Golson was 11-15 for 120 yards and two touchdowns in his time under center in the Irish's 83rd annual Blue-Gold game, easily outperforming Rees, who completed just seven of his 14 attempts for 84 yards, and he was intercepted once. Andrew Hendrix, another candidate for the position, threw an interception.

Many observers may only be curious about the spring game's results to evaluate true freshman quarterback Gunner Kiel's performance. Kiel, if you remember, spurned LSU to attend Notre Dame -- a slight Les Miles won't soon be forgetting. Kiel took all the snaps in the running-clock, 16-minutes second half, and went 5-9 for 57 yards and an interception.

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