In what turned out to be a transformative encounter with former Notre Dame quarterback Tony Rice, Everett Golson never did find out about Rice’s first collegiate play of significance.
For the record, it unfolded 25 autumns ago, the sophomore from Woodruff, S.C., summoned into a game against Pitt on the road, just after halftime, because of a broken collarbone to then-starter Terry Andrysiak.
Rice broke the huddle, strode toward the line and promptly readied himself to take the snap ...
From an offensive guard.
“I think that’s one of the stories he left out,” said Golson, ND’s current depth-chart surger at quarterback.
When the sophomore from Myrtle Beach, S.C., stopped laughing, he volunteered that he did the very same thing during spring practice four months ago, back when he was the long shot in a protracted four-quarterback audition to be the starter this fall.
By the time Golson and Rice met, the 6-foot, 185-pound sophomore was dramatically ascending.