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Golson returns as Notre Dame’s starting quarterback

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 9:59 a.m.CDT

(MCT) — SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Everett Golson passed the test that enables him to resume starting quarterback duties. Now comes the biggest test, by far, of his burgeoning Notre Dame career.

Golson went through a strenuous cardiovascular test Monday without triggering any post-concussion symptoms, so the sophomore will take the reins of the Irish offense in a momentous game Saturday at BCS No. 8 Oklahoma.

“He feels great, very confident,” coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday. “We wanted to do that (the cardio test) more because he hadn’t had really the opportunity to get out there and run, and we didn’t want to wait until Saturday where he’s out there and we have some setbacks. He’s good and 100 percent, and he’ll start for us against Oklahoma on Saturday.”

Golson suffered the concussion Oct. 13 against Stanford and returned to practice the following Wednesday, but the fifth-ranked Irish held him out against BYU for precautionary reasons as Tommy Rees got the start.

Now he returns to lead an offense that has to keep pace with an Oklahoma squad averaging 52 points in its last three wins.

“He’s a lot more confident having the Michigan State (game) under his belt, going through the tough time that he did at Michigan,” Kelly said. “I know this: He’s excited about playing against Oklahoma, and we expect him to play well.”

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