Shea Carlson | August 7, 2014
The quarterback role at the University of Notre Dame has been a long fabled position along the lines of the cleanup hitter for the New York Yankees or the captain of the Detroit Red Wings. It’s produced four Heisman Trophy winners, 874 all-time victories and 11 national titles while capturing every Pee-Wee Football players’ hopes to one day be the signal caller for the Fightin’ Irish.
The position had fallen on hard times however, and despite a noble effort from Brady Quinn, the luster had worn off the once sacred job that had captivated a nation throughout the 20th century. Since the last Notre Dame championship during the 1988 season, the Irish have recorded only five seasons of double digit wins while running through 22 different starting quarterbacks. Only three of those signal callers earned All-American honors, which includes a debatable appearance by Jimmy Clausen after a 6-6 season in 2009. Things seemed pretty dismal under the Golden Dome after the exit of former coach Charlie Weis, who had been labeled as a quarterback guru during his time at his alma mater, but everything changed during the first game of the 2012 season when Everett Golson hit the field for the first time.