Everett Golson put on Notre Dame gear for the first time since losing the 2012 BCS National Championship to Alabama.
Since then the quarterback was suspended from the university for what was described as an academic violation. Speculation surfaced that he had cheated and Golson later confirmed the rumors by acknowledging he had cheated on a finals exam.
And now, for the first time since being reinstated to the university in December, the 21-year old Golson spoke publicly regarding his removal from the Irish as the side completed their first day of spring training.
“I want to say surreal in a sense,” Golson said of his return to the field. “I felt accomplished for a split moment, that I went through what I went through and now I’m back and I’m moving forward now and still continuing that process of trying to grind and be better.”
In the single season that Golson spent as the Fighting Irish's starting play caller he completed 187 of 318 passes for 2,405 yards. He posted 12 touchdowns through the air, six with his feet and gave away the same number of interceptions across the season.
Golson isn't set to just walk into the team though. Head Coach Brian Kelly has said that he faces a battle for the starting position and freshman Malik Zaire will certainly be giving as good as he can to be that first name on the depth chart.