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Notre Dame QB Everett Golson hardly in the doghouse

Everett Golson

Everett Golson

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Updated: October 29, 2012 6:41AM

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Even Notre Dame’s offensive coordinator doesn’t know what the future holds for the team’s quarterback situation.

“I have no idea,” Chuck Martin said Wednesday. “If you’ve got a crystal ball and you could tell me, that would be awesome. … I wouldn’t have predicted the first four games. We’ve played two different quarterbacks in every game, and we’re 4-0. So we’re doing whatever we can to try to win.”

Martin said the Irish are quite pleased with redshirt freshman Everett Golson ’s play, even though he was pulled in favor of Tommy Rees in victories over Purdue and Michigan. He said it’s just a “feel thing” when they make a switch at quarterback. Against Purdue, coach Brian Kelly simply felt Rees was better equipped to manage a two-minute drill. Against Michigan, Golson clearly was rattled.

“He can make a mistake and understand immediately — ‘Hey, I saw it, I screwed it up,’ ” Martin said. “Or it can be a mistake based on being a little confused. And if it’s more based on confusion, then you’re more apt to get somebody out there who’s less confused.”

High praise

ND linebacker Manti Te’o picked up just about every national defensive player of the week award there is after the win over Michigan. He’ on a regional cover of Sports Illustrated this week — Notre Dame’s first since 2006. He’s also starting to get some Heisman chatter.

“Manti is the finest football player in America — all positions, all teams — in college,” defensive coordinator Bob Diaco said.

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