Everett Golson led Notre Dame to a perfect 12-0 regular season, a berth in the national championship game, and it seemed like the Fighting Irish were back on top of the college football world. Golson wasn't able to lead Notre Dame over Alabama in the titile game in his freshman season for the Fighting Irish, but he showed promise head coach Brian Kelly. He threw for 2,405 yards, 12 touchdowns, six interceptions, and ran for 298 yards and six touchdowns.

However, with a recent suspension, the (would be) sophomore quarterback will have to sit out next year, and will have to wait to see what his college football eligibility looks like. (Golson was suspended for the fall 2013 season for poor academic judgment over the weekend).

Golson told ESPN, "My parents and the community I grew up in have instilled values in me that have and will continue to be successful in the future. There have been many lessons learned as I have worked to become the starting quarterback at Notre Dame and each was a result of coach Brian Kelly's belief in me as an athlete and person. At this point, I understand how my integrity could be in question but I want to reassure my supporters that through this experience I will return a better student athlete as well as a better individual. Lastly, I want to thank the University of Notre Dame for the opportunity already granted and also the opportunity going forth to regain my eligibility in the winter of 2014."

Even with the promise of Golson at quarterback in 2012, the offense struggled at times finishing 54th in total offense and 71st in passing offense. The future at quarterback for the Fighting Irish lies either in senior Tommy Rees, who has 18 career starts for Notre Dame, or junior Andrew Hendrix and spring enrollee Malik Zaire.