Playing quarterback at the collegiate level is a tough proposition. In South Bend, for every Brady Quinn, or even Jimmy Clausen, there are four or five other guys who just do not work out. It is a high-risk, high-reward position, only one signal caller takes the field at a time and coaches tend to enjoy sticking with just that one guy, as long as all goes well.

Since 1998, the start of the BCS Era, the Irish have recruited a plethora of bodies at the quarterback spot. Prototype pocket passers. Option-style running quarterbacks. Dual-threat quarterbacks. Players from the South, the North, the Midwest and West Coast have all entered South Bend with the goal of being the quarterback for the Fighting Irish.

Everett Golson was expected to provide the stability that Notre Dame has lacked at the...

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